The giant tortoise is an iconic species from the Galápagos and is only found on these islands. Measuring up to 4 feet long and weighing up to 700 pounds, they are the largest living tortoise in the world. Species like the giant tortoise, marine iguanas, and Galápagos penguins continue to amaze scientists and delight tourists. However such worldwide interest amounts to a large human impact and puts the unique ecosystem at risk.
WWF spearheaded conservation efforts in the Galápagos, including funding of the construction of the Charles Darwin Research Station. For more than 50 years, we have played an integral role in protecting nature in the Galápagos. We want to ensure tourism is done sustainably and can be used as a tool for conservation.