TWO Stourbridge brothers will head to the Galapagos Islands to maintain the habitat of an endangered species next month.

Henry and George Gwynn-Thomas will spend the whole of July working to protect the Galapagos giant tortoise.

George, aged 17, said: "The maintenance of habitats for not only the tortoise but sea lions and other marine life is a priority. Invasive alien species of flora are a particular problem.

"We will be helping with the breeding projects and beach cleans ups, doing some sea lion research and looking at the marine iguana population structure.

"We'll also take part in an educational programme to help the children in the local village."

The trip will cost George and 19-year-old Plymouth University student, Henry, a total of £7,000 and although they have managed to get some funds together, they are appealing for sponsors to source the rest.

George, a student at King Edward VI College, said: "It has been proving very difficult to focus on exams and raise the money so we decided to look for sponsorships or funding but the majority of firms already have designated charities."

Anyone that can help the boys financially should email