Santa Cruz is a large island with a population of about 20,000 people and incredible landscapes. It is an obligatory stop for all tourists that come to visit this beautiful corner of the world. The renowned Charles Darwin Station is based here, and has been running conservations projects to protect the unique local resources, together with the Galapagos National Park. One of the most prominent projects is the Giant Tortoise Breeding and Rearing Center, which houses several island tortoise species with the intention of bringing numbers up from decline, due mainly to predation by introduced species over the last two centuries.
Another similar project includes the breeding of another species of tortoise known as the saddleback, whose best representative is a male tortoise nicknamed Super Diego.