Arnaldo Tupiza Tortoise Breeding Center, Galapagos

See Giant Tortoises hatching

Arnaldo Tupiza Tortoise Breeding Center, Galapagos
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Overview

A short walk from Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island will bring you to the Arnaldo Tupiza Tortoise Breeding Center. The short trail from town is lovely in itself - you follow a boardwalk that takes you across the wetlands and Opuntia cactus fields.

At the breeding centre you can see 5 different subspecies of Galapagos Giant Tortoise that are all native to Isabela, but currently threatened by habitat damage caused by introduced animals.  Here, the Giant Tortoise eggs are carefully incubated in a special hatchery, whilst the adults are cared for in large supervised corrals. This careful breeding program is aiming to increase the populations of these remarkable animals to ensure their survival as a wild species that's unique to the Galapagos.

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Highlights at Arnaldo Tupiza Tortoise Breeding Center

  • A walk through Galapagos wetlands
  • See the work being done to protect these gentle giants

Possibile Activities on Arnaldo Tupiza Tortoise Breeding Center

Hiking

Animals and Plants on Arnaldo Tupiza Tortoise Breeding Center

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A short walk from Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island will bring you to the Arnaldo Tupiza Tortoise Breeding Center. The short trail from town is lovely in itself - you follow a boardwalk that takes you across the wetlands and Opuntia cactus fields.

At the breeding centre you can see 5 different subspecies of Galapagos Giant Tortoise that are all native to Isabela, but currently threatened by habitat damage caused by introduced animals.  Here, the Giant Tortoise eggs are carefully incubated in a special hatchery, whilst the adults are cared for in large supervised corrals. This careful breeding program is aiming to increase the populations of these remarkable animals to ensure their survival as a wild species that's unique to the Galapagos.

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