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Address: Galapagos Islands, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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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 visited this centre at the end of a seven night tour. I believe it was closed for some time a while ago and it was good to see it had reopened thanks to worldwide donations. We... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed the research station with all the tortoise rearing programs. Saw hundreds of small tortoises in various age groups being hatched and raised to the age where they can be safely returned to the wild to help keep the wild population stable. Very informative and interesting place to visit. Would recommend going early in the day before it gets... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

It's a long walk from the 'centre' of the island, but a huge disappointment when we got there. There is an exhibition room for giant tortoises but it is badly lit and looking tatty. There are enclosures with giant tortoises but very little information about them and no information about Darwin's work in the Galápagos Islands.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Good place to visit to kill an hour. If you want to see giant tortoises or iguanas you'll be better off seeing them in the wild, like at one of the ranches.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Amazing work n breeding more from each of the islands. Est to avoid the heat of the day as it can be extremely hot. Take and drink plenty of water. 2 years ago the male dominant tortoise died aged 200 years. Another was brought from a Sandiego zoo where he had been taken to from the Darwin research centre some... More 

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Nottingham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We visited this centre at the end of a seven night tour. I believe it was closed for some time a while ago and it was good to see it had reopened thanks to worldwide donations. We had a guide but it could easily be visited without as most things are self-explanatory. It was interesting to see Lonesome George's pen,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Basically shows how the human being contribute to preserve local fauna. Good place to go and learn something about natural life!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Lots of giant turtles! Besides, they are apparently doing wonderful work with small turtles, which one day (one would hope) will become giant turtles. Information booth is not terribly forthcoming in pointing out places to go on the compound. One becomes a little lost amongst buildings that are "employees only" and evidently labs and offices. Personnel in these places seem... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The entrance is free, which is nice! It was great to see the conservation efforts to keep giant tortoises and other animals alive. The paths are clearly labeled. It was unfortunate that the gift shop was closed at the time.

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Filderstadt, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Little walk from the town to get there. More an oldfashioned zoo than what you expect from a research station. But good place to take some close up pictures of tortoises - but do not expect them roam around freely....

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Mudjimba, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

This was really amazing to see the animals there and to see what Darwin 's theory of Evolution was all about.

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