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Address: Galapagos Islands | Charles Darwin Avenue, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
Phone Number: 52526146
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Description: Headed by a team of more than two hundred scientists, educators, research...
Headed by a team of more than two hundred scientists, educators, research volunteers and support staff, this world-wide foundation is dedicated to preserving the Galapagos ecosystems.
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We saw>20 tortoises in the wild on one of our island visits so we were probably spoiled. It was just hard for us to see the tortoises in captivity; however, the facility is well... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Great staff that are very educated about the Galapagos tortoises. They need an update to the enclosures but the animals looked healthy and happy. Small establishment with focus on protecting young tortoises while they age and then returning them after they are more likely to servive in the wild. This place is for the tortoises not the people so don't... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We saw >20 tortoises in the wild on one of our island visits so we were probably spoiled. It was just hard for us to see the tortoises in captivity; however, the facility is well laid out and it is very impressive how they breed and restore tortoises to their native islands...a wonderful mission. Our guides made a huge deal... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

It was great to see land iguanas and giant tortoises, together with learning more about them. This really is a great place to visit

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Fair Oaks, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I walked to this Research Center and spent about an hour and a half walking around. The animals are in inclosure which I didn't expect. The stores and other buildings were closed, so I didn't get to see what exhibits they have, so can't really give a total review. But it is worth a look see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Part of our cruise package, very informative and LOTS of wonderful iguanas and tortoises! Put on your list.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

I was surprised at all the mediocre reviews on here from people saying this wasn't worth the vist to the research station! Craziness! No, it is not like the movies with doctors in lab coats genetically splicing DNA to get new species on the islands. In fact it is just they opposite - they are trying to remove the influence... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This place is pretty cool. There are many kinds of Iguanas (and large turtles) so bring a camera if you need to. It might kind of tiring to walk through, but you can still have a great experience. The turtles are over 100 years old. There are some Iguanas that are in different colors. This was my first attraction in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We stopped here briefly before catching a bus back to the airport. What I noticed here was the flora was well labelled as you walked among the vast research buildings. There was land iguanas and tortoises here, but much better if you can see them in the wild. Would've loved to see more of the research side of things -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Well worth a visit to brush up on the local wildlife before heading off on your cruise. Make sure you have a guide along to explain all that happens here. These yellow iguanas are not found in many places, enjoy!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The research lab offers turtles from 3 years to over 100. The Lab is great to see, but likely difficult to understand the research and testing process without a guide. I would recommend a guide as they will be able to tell you the species and the process for testing and developing the turtles. Very cool.

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Address: Galapagos Islands | Charles Darwin Avenue, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
Phone Number: 52526146
Location: South America  >  Ecuador  >  Galapagos Islands  >  Santa Cruz  >  Puerto Ayora

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