Galo Plaza Lasso Foundation
The Galo Plaza Lasso Foundation was established in 1995 as a continuation of the long-lasting legacy of Ecuadorian ex-president Galo Plaza. Their mission is to sponsor, develop and carry out endeavors that improve the quality of life in the Zuleta region through education, conservation and socioeconomic development programs including the Andean Condor Conservation project.
The Andean Condor Conservation project helps protect Ecuador’s delicate condor population by caring for injured condors, encouraging reproduction, and reintroducing offspring into the wild. Ecuador’s condor population is dwindling due to lack of food, hunting and habitat pressures from the expansion of agricultural land. Condors are particularly at risk of ingesting lead or poison from the dead animals they feed on. Through research and education The Andean Condor Conservation project is pioneering methods to breed condor chicks in captivity and then release them into the wild to help revitalize the wild condor population.
Founded by one of our favorite Ecuadorian properties, Hacienda Zuleta, we are proud to support the Galo Plaza Lasso Foundation. The center has become recognized worldwide as a leader in research on raising condor chicks in captivity, particularly notable as the center’s primary source of funding and support comes from responsible tourism. Visiting the Condor Interpretation Center to speak with the biologists about their work and see the captive and wild condors is a highlight for many of our travelers.