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Charles Darwin Res. Station & Lonesome George Mem

Charles Darwin and a Lonesome Galapagos Tortoise

QUICK PROFILE

• Interest:

CULTURAL

• Country:
GALAPAGOS (ECU)

12

• Altitude meters:

• Min. visit time hours:

1

RESEARCH STATION

• Type:

• Location:
ISIDRO AYORA PORT

• Kind:

URBAN

• Altitude feet:

39

• Max. visit time hours:

3

RELEVANT CATEGORIES

  • Unesco World Natural Heritage Site.

  • Unesco Biosphere Reserve.

  • Natural National Heritage.

  • National protected area.

GALLERY 

by:
Charles Darwin Foundation - Public Domain
by:
Charles Darwin Foundation - Public Domain.
Andes Adventure - Creative Commons Attibution
by:
Andes Adventure - Creative Commons Attribution
by:
Andes Adventure - Creative Commons Attribution
by:
Mike Weston - Creative Commons Attribution
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ADDRESS & ACTIVITIES

ADDRESS OR VENUE

OPENING HOURS (or DATE if it is an event)

Charles Darwin Avenue, city of Isidro Ayora Port, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Province, Ecuador

  • Monday to sunday, from 08h00 to 17h00.

RELATED ACTIVITIES

VISITS:

  • Panoramic sightseeing.

  • Guided visits.

  • Independent visit.

  • Experiential journey.

CULTURAL:

  • Attending civic events.

  • Attending artistic events.

ENTERTAIMENT:

  • Sun and sea.

SPORTS:

  • Walking.

  • Biking.

SPECIALIZED:

  • Bird watching.

  • Wild life watching.

  • Geo interpretation.

ABOUT

The Lonesome George Memorial (the most famous Galapagos giant tortoise in the world) and the Charles Darwin Research Station are two essential points of interest in the city of Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos province, Ecuador.

 

Lonesome George, the most famous tortoise in the world, died on June 24, 2012 at the age of 103, according to estimates, and he was the last male specimen known of the subspecies Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni, from Pinta Island. Today his embalmed body is exhibited in the "Símbolo de Esperanza" (Symbol of Hope) room of the "Fausto Llerena" Giant Tortoise Breeding Center of the Galapagos National Park at the city of Puerto Ayora, Galapagos. Visitors can take the "Ruta de la Tortuga" (Turtle’s Route) to visit the place where Lonesome George lived the last 40 years of his life, under the care of Fausto Llerena. Those who wish to visit the room can do it from 08:00 to 18:00 every day.

 

The tortoise George was found on Pinta Island in 1971, he weighed 290 pounds and reached a height of 1.30 m. He died without leaving offspring. After George's death, his body was embalmed through a process that took a year. Then, he was transferred to the Museum of Natural History in New York, where he remained from September 2014 to January 2015, when he returned to Galapagos in Ecuador.

 

Near the Lonesome George Memorial there is the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS), created in 1964 and operated by the Charles Darwin Foundation, in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island. More than 100 scientists, educators, volunteers, support staff and national and foreign students work in research, education and projects for the conservation of Galapagos’ ecosystems. 90% of the staff is Ecuadorian. The station has as its main partner the Galapagos National Park, the main environmental authority of the Government of Ecuador in the province. The Research Station contributes to the protection of natural resources and provide scientific results for the conservation of this natural laboratory. The Darwin Foundation is committed to the professional training of the permanent residents of Galapagos as future scientists, for the good of the islands and the country.

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