Tortoise Breeding Center & Highlands

Feb 11, 2020 - National Geographic Endeavour II


The Galapagos Islands are well known for the giant tortoises that live here. These reptiles inhabit several islands, and Santa Cruz Island has two species of giant tortoises. We went to the Fausto Llerena Giant Tortoises Breeding Center and saw several adults and juveniles. Later this morning, we went to a local farm, and had a great time learning about the local production of coffee and alcohol.

This afternoon, we went looking for wild giant tortoises in the highlands around a local farm. The large number of tortoises, as well as the beauty of this area, marveled us! The bright green pastures covered the surrounding hills all the way down to the coast.

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About the Author

Gilda Gonzalez

Naturalist

Gilda was born in Ambato, located in the very heart of the Ecuadorian Andes. Since she was a child, she loved animals, often rescuing street cats and dogs. Her parents always made sure there were nature books and plenty of Jacques Cousteau’s videos at home. She graduated from high school with a degree in chemistry and biology. Afterwards, Gilda obtained a B.A. in tourism and hotel management in Quito. She also studied English, French and German, later spending two months in Brussels, Belgium.

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