Nature Conservation Mural How many animals do you see in this mural? Nature conservation is emphasized in the local schools and children are brought from the mainland to learn these values too. The Galapagos was Ecuador's first National Park. It was formed in 1959. Protecting the environment here is tricky because it must be balanced with the rights of the residents and citizens to make a decent living. The population grew from 2K when the Park was formed to over 30K now. Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz.
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