The Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) — we’ve all heard about it, we all know it’s something socially pos itive, but what’s the story behind it exactly? Ever since it was founded back in 1959, the CDF has been at the forefront of conservation efforts in the Galapagos and seeks to provide scientific knowledge and support for the archipelago, its wildlife and its communities. All of this of course, with the main goal of protecting the biodiversity that exists today. Be aware that the Charles Darwin Research Station is part of one of our Galapagos itineraries for Yacht La Pinta.
The 334 giant tortoises released in Galapagos last month had been raised in Ministry of the Environment-sponsored breeding centers on Santa Cruz and Isabela Islands. Many Galapagos giant tortoise populations are endangered as a result of human exploitation and changes to the reptiles’ natural habitats. Conservationist efforts to the recover the endangered species include raising tortoises in breeding centers with the eventual goal of releasing them into the wild. The project reached a goal last month when adult tortoises were released from the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center on Santa Cruz Island and the Arnaldo Tupiza Tortoise Breeding Center on Isabela Island.