It is extraordinary to see how humans coexist with nature in an inhabited island. This morning we went to visit the “Fausto Llerena” giant tortoise breeding center and we were very lucky to observe recently hatched tortoises from Floreana and Santiago islands. In the last 60 years, many tortoises have been brought back into the wild, replenishing the population. Our guests learned about the importance of conservation efforts that protect this pristine archipelago. In the afternoon, we walked in the highlands among the Santa Cruz giant tortoises, seeing many tortoises of all ages, some even mating.
- Daily Expedition Reports
- 19 Jan 2023
Santa Cruz Island, 1/19/2023, National Geographic Endeavour II
- Aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II
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