The Mediterranean monk seal at the Galapagos Islands

If something have in common the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus) and the Galapagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) is that there are ones of the only pinnipeds that inhabit tropical areas, as the Galapagos fur seal (Arctocephalus galapagoensis) and the Hawaiian monk seal (Neomonachus schauinslandi).

On July, one of our biologists visited the Galapagos archipelago, Ecuador, a world reference on nature conservancy. There he had the opportunity, thanks to the intervention of an Ecuadorian friend of the well known Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, to give a talk about our monk seals conservation program at the main office of the prestigious Charles Darwin foundation. Located at the Biological station with same name and owned by the Galapagos National Park, at Ayora port, on Santa Cruz Island.

Dr. Arturo Izurieta Valery, executive director, led the over fifteen biologist and technicians of the institution that assisted. The conference given was much appreciated and the attendees formulated a good number of questions. This prolonged the talk to almost two hours. The executive director closed the conference expressing its gratitude for the presentation and valuing, very impressed, the enormous conservationist work developed on those hard conditions for the Cabo Blanco monk seal colony.

The Charles Darwin foundation for the Galapagos Islands (FCD) is an international non-profit scientific organization. It works at the archipelago since 1959, under agreement of the Ecuadorian government and with the vocation of keeping a close collaboration with governmental institutions, mainly with the Galapagos National Park (DPNG), giving scientific knowledge and technical assistance to assure the protection of this incredible laboratory of evolution.

So from now on we include the FCD to our contact list of friends and who knows if someday we would be able to collaborate on a project together…

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