Galapagos Giant Tortoise Geochelone elephantopus Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

The Charles Darwin Research Station, CDRS, is home to several giant tortoises that are unable to fend for themselves in their natural habitat. They are cared for on the premises…and at feeding time display voracious appetites! Seriously, the CDRS is the scientific information-gathering center and it works with the Galapagos National Park Service to manage these special islands. Programs that are designed to maintain and restore the ecology of the Galapagos include a giant tortoise-breeding program that repatriates tortoises to their islands of origin.