Don’t Close Souvenir Shop that Funds Wildlife Protection


Target: President of Ecuador, Rafael Vicente Correa Delgado

Goal: Don’t force souvenir shop that funds Galapagos wildlife protection to close

Ecuador’s government recently approved the decision to shut down a souvenir shop that is the main source of funding for the protection of the wildlife inhabiting the Galapagos Islands. Without this funding, the wildlife there is extremely threatened.

Local traders from the Galapagos Islands called on Ecuador, which owns the Galapagos, to shut down the souvenir shop because it was allegedly taking away business from them. The souvenir shop was established by the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF), a group that researches and works to protect the wildlife.

Shutting down the souvenir shop will have a huge negative impact on the wildlife in the Galapagos, which provides the Charles Darwin Foundation with around $8,000 a week in sales from tourists. It is bad enough to lose $8,000 a week, but the lack of support from Ecuador’s government may also be the reason for the sudden drop in monetary donations since the tourist shop was closed.

The Galapagos Islands are home to many creatures such as the giant tortoise, the Galapagos hawk, and the marine iguana, all of which are unique to the islands. Without the monetary support, the Charles Darwin Foundation will have to close and no protection or research will go towards the unique wildlife that lives there. Please sign the petition below to urge Ecuador’s president to reverse his decision to shut down the source of CDF’s funding.


Dear Mr. President Rafael Vicente Correa Delgado,

I am writing to you to please reverse your decision to shut down the souvenir shop that is a major source of the Charles Darwin Foundation’s funding. The Charles Darwin Foundation does a tremendous job researching and protecting the wildlife that resides in the Galapagos Islands, and without this funding, I fear that the wildlife will be threatened.

Local traders may be angry that the souvenir shop takes away their business, but it could be argued that many tourists would be deterred from even visiting the area if the unique wildlife that inhabits the Galapagos is no longer there. Please consider doing what is necessary for the continued survival of creatures such as the giant tortoise and the marine iguana.

While you have in the past supported the Charles Darwin Foundation, your approval to shut the souvenir shop down may have had a more serious side effect. Donations have reportedly dropped since this decision, as many people may view it as a lack of support from Ecuador’s government.

Please reverse the harmful decision to close this souvenir shop and protect the Galapagos Islands’ great wildlife.


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  1. KatWrangler says:

    In WHO’S best interest is this closing? Who wants the business?
    Questions, questions …

  2. caryl sawyer says:

    Cancelling family trip to Ecuador.

  3. Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchez says:

    What is the matter with Ecuador’s government. How can they close this shop that helps in the protection of this beautiful and unique animals!

  4. Karen Remnant says:

    A truly stupid decision! If people aren’t spending with those who lodged the complaint it’s because they don’t want what they’re offering!! The only ones to lose are the animals and those who actually care for them. Time to reverse this decision!!

  5. These animals are in huge danger and are just trying to survive so why put extra strain and stress on them because the money that helps them is now gone too? Please reopen the business and let them continue to support these majestic animals before it is too late for them.

  6. While I am extremely concerned about the long term funding prospects for the Charles Darwin Research Foundation it must be noted that the souvenir store recently force to close was only recently opened by the foundation as a means to increase/solidify funding. That they were unwilling or unable to forsee that such an enterprise would be resented by existing privately owned stores in Puerto Arroya indicates to me that the foundation’s management made a critical mistake.
    The foundation had been struggling for quite some time and certainly needs and warrants support but the opening of the souvenir store seems to me to have been a poor way to attempt to achieve long term financial stability.
    Sailing the islands on the M/Y Grace, Jan. 8-15.

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