Santa Cruz Island

Dec 17, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Today was a very special day – giant tortoise day! The island we visited today is home to one of the most successful breeding centers in the world, the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center on Santa Cruz Island. In the morning, we visited this breeding center and got to learn about the tortoise lifecycle and the different conservation efforts that the Charles Darwin Foundation and the National Park Headquarters are working on.

After the breeding center, we visited a local sugarcane farm, where we learned the different techniques they use to make sugar, coffee and alcohol. In the afternoon, we went to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island and explored the migration path of the Santa Cruz giant tortoises. This has been a truly magical day in the Enchanted Islands, shared with the most iconic image of the Galapagos, the giant tortoises!

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Gianna Haro


Most of Gianna´s memories seem to be dreams, made on flawless white sandy beaches with black lava rock contours and gorgeous turquoise ocean waters. Most of it happened while barefoot, in an enchanting place that some people regard as an ideal natural laboratory, the Galápagos Islands. For her it was home. Gianna grew up going to the beach nearly every day, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, playing with wild flowers, having sea lions steal her ice cream, observing marine iguanas, and identifying invertebrates. The latter was by no means technically accurate—she dubbed each new discovery with its own made-up scientific name. At some point during those early years, being an observer became an innate ability and she knew she wanted to be a biologist. 

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