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Charles Darwin Research Station

Galapagos Islands, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Headed by a team of more than two hundred scientists, educators, research volunteers and support staff, this world-wide foundation is dedicated to... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

it was interesting to hear about lonesome George and how he was unable to mate. and to see how they are helping to keep the babies alive. The tortoises here are more in a zoo type setting , not free to come and go. Worth a visit if yor here.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

This research center is kind of depressing after you've seen the tortoises wandering around free. The animals are all kept like in a zoo. It does give the opportunity to see a few more species that I was not able to see while I was on the other tours (ie. Land iguanas and other tortoises)

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NJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

After seeing so many creatures close up in the wild on the islands it is hard to see them penned up. It is for a good cause - preservation of the species - but it is more a zoo than a preserve. The finches and mockingbirds are almost tame and followed us along the trail. Easy to get to from... More

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houston, tx
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Took the kids here. We enjoyed seeing the turtles at different stages of growth. We also saw finches and iguanas. It was very educational.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Definitely worth a visit. The giant turtles are a site to see. Lots of interesting things to learn. Go in the morning so you can see the turtles bing fed.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

An easy walk from city center it easily a self guided tour along a path that reportedly takes hour and a half and ends at a turtle sanctuary.That is where turtles are raised, including the giant turtkes before being released into the wild. Turtle feeding time is around 9 a.m.

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Various Bases, Antarctica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Nicely laid out, often a bit crowded. Unique opportunity to see most native animals and plant species - especially if doing the budget land-based Galapagos visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We loved touring the Charles Darwin Research Station. Plan on spending about 2-3 hours for the entire walk and to view all the exhibits. We wish we could have gone when Lonesome George was still alive. Nonetheless it was great to go to his area and read about him.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Must see in Galapagos. Free. No need for a tour. Do it yourself. This is where giant tortoises and land iguanas are hatched and raised to a "safe size". Many of these species would be extinct (like some of their unlucky cousins) without the research station... Feral animals and rats decimated (and still do) their eggs and hatchlings, so now... More

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Boise, Idaho
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Wasn't impressed with this sanctuary. If this is the only island you are going to then it's worth a walk through it for something to do. It doesn't take long to see everything. A few land iguanas to see besides the turtles. Unsure why they have to keep so many in such a small area, esp when they have room.... More

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