A Unique Mission for an Exceptional Area of the World
The chain of 19 islands that make up the Galapagos archipelago have been called “a priceless living laboratory,” a melting pot of exceedingly rare animals that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.
What many people don’t know is that in addition to the uninhabited islands, the Galapagos also has a substantial human population. Four of the islands are inhabited by 40,000 people, most of whom work as farmers, fishermen, and in the local wildlife tourism sector.
Both the animals and humans of this idyllic UNESCO World Heritage Site, however, are in jeopardy because of an overpopulation of rats on the islands. Previous attempts to control this threat have involved exterminating the rats with poison, often with unintended consequences.
The Galapagos Project aims to restore ecological balance to this area without resorting to poison.