Located just outside of the Puerto Ayora’s city center is the Charles Darwin Research Station, a biological research station and home to the archipelago’s unique animals. The Charles Darwin Foundation runs this attraction and is suited for visitors of any age.
The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to iguanas, tortoises, and other animals that only exist in the Galapagos Islands, nowhere else on Earth. The logically organized exhibits have marked paths and excellent documentation of each species making exploration of the facility a breeze.
Lonesome George is a popular area of the tortoise exhibit. Lonesome George was the last remaining Pinta Island tortoise that died in 2012, wiping that species from existence. He is taxidermied and on display in a climate controlled room to serve as an icon for the critically important conservation efforts that are ongoing.
Environmental conversation and sustainability are the research station’s primary objective along with organizing a fantastic destination to explore.
The researchers of the Charles Darwin Research Station are an incredibly passionate group focused on preservation of the Galapagos for future generations.
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While some may consider this destination a zoo, it isn’t. The site’s core focus, an what sets this place apart is the dedication, research and conservation of the animals that exist throughout the volcanic archipelago and no where else on planet Earth. It’s up to the handful of scientists to preserve and conserve the habitat for these animals to exist for generations to come.
The private sanctuaries give visitors a great look at the many different types of tortoises and reptiles throughout the park. While similar in looks, they have evolved and adapted to the locality of their home island.