Santa Cruz Island, Charles Darwin Research Station

Charles Darwin Research Station is located in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. Famous for the captive breeding of giant tortoises, Galapagos calls live an average of 150 years. It was created in 1964, has an Interpretation Centre of Natural History and runs educational tasks to support the Galapagos National Park Service. This station is also headquarters of foreign scientists coming to the Islands to deal with special research programs.

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  • City:Santa Cruz Island
  • Sector:Southeast
  • Address:Puerto Ayora
  • Schedule of attention:Daily
  • Cost of revenue:10 USD



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Information of Charles Darwin Research Station

Charles Darwin Station is an international non-profit research, dedicated to the conservation of the Galapagos ecosystem and provides the knowledge and support to ensure the conservation of island biodiversity through scientific research and complementary actions.

Is committed to cultivating understanding among the inhabitants of the Galapagos and contribute to the strengthening of conservation awareness to support the sustainable local development.

With nearly two hundred people working among scientists, educators, research students and volunteers. 90% of staff working in the foundation is Ecuadorian.

In addition the research station works closely with schools, fishermen, farmers, artisans, municipal councils, tour operators and the Galapagos National Park. In order to make the people and visitors aware of and strengthen their cooperation for the conservation of these islands.

Charles Darwin Station and monitoring equipment are also present in the cities of Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island and Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal Island.

Charles Darwin Research Station provides information on geology, evolution, endemism, introduced species and human settlements on the islands. Dedicated to protecting all species native to the islands and plants listed.

Here you can observe frigate birds, sea lions, blue footed boobies, iguanas and turtles of which the most famous is "Lonesome George", the last survivor from Pinta Island tortoises.

Santa Cruz Island Galapagos, Charles Darwin Research Station


Map Charles Darwin Research Station, Santa Cruz Island Galapagos

Map Charles Darwin Research Station, Santa Cruz Galapagos



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