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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One Comment

  1. Michael Guest says:

    You can’t do this. It’s a bad thing for the future. Drop the proposal now.

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