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Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center

In this breeding center, you can observe turtles of all ages and learn about the process of breeding and reproduction in captivity to recover the wild populations of these reptiles, considered to be in danger of extinction.

Giant tortoises are the emblem of the Galapagos Islands and Isabela Island is the only one in the world that has 5 different species of these reptiles.

This Breeding Center are reproducing in captivity freshwater turtle populations of South Isabela (Volcano Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul): Casserole, Cinco Cerros, Rock Union, San Pedro, Tables, Cerro Paloma. In total with 330 turtles between juveniles and adults.

Location
Turtle Breeding Center is located 1.5 km from Villamil port you can go walking or by car.

Extension
There is a trail of 1200 m that will guide you from Puerto Villamil to the Crianza Center.

Weather
It predominates the subtropical floor with dry climates and very dry.

Fauna
Cerro Paloma land turtles have 4 male and two female Galapagos, which, so far, are the only survivors. The breeding of this turtle breed is of special interest since after having carried out the genetic analyzes based on blood samples during the year 1994, it has been determined that the turtles of this galapaguera are different from the others. To this is added the fact that one of these two, a female is infertile. However, in 1998, the second female finally nested and now has 9 more galapaguitos of Cerro Paloma.

The turtles of Cazuela are not in such serious danger of extinction. There are still adults and juveniles in their place of origin. The main problems they have in the field are the competition for food from feral goats, the trampling of nests by wild donkeys and the slaughter by man for many years.

Tortugas Terrestres Cinco Cerros, although this population belongs to the turtle species of the Sierra Negra Volcano. Only a few individuals were found in the foothills of Cerro Azul Volcano, in a place called Cinco Cerros. The carapace of the turtle is crushed and does not resemble any of the other turtles that live in the Galapagos, 18 adults living in a barnyard since September 1998, when they were rescued from an eruption of the Cerro Azul volcano.

Fortunately all males are sexually active and females are very fertile, so only two years after being brought to this Center, they already had more than 200 galapaguitos.

Turtles feed three times a week, their diet being based on otoy (Xanthosoma saggitifolium) and hookah (Potomorphe peltata). The water is taken from small artificial ponds that exist inside the pens.

Flora
During the tour the Breeding Center can see different species: mangroves and dry forests as black mangrove, white mangrove, faique, lignum, Capraria, knee horse, Muyu and halter.

The manzanillos are native to the Galapagos. They have a very irritating milky substance and their fruits are poisonous. Only the giant tortoises are able to digest these poisonous manzanitas.
 

OUR BEST GALAPAGOS LAST MINUTE DEALS FOR DECEMBER, JANUARY AND FEBRUARY

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ALYA CATAMARAN (LUXURY CLASS)

JANUARY 06 - 10 / 5 DAYS / IT. A - $3477**

LA PINTA YACHT (DELUXE CRUISE)

DECEMBER 20 - 24 / 5 DAYS / IT. NORTH - $1999

ECOGALAXY II (FIRST CLASS)

JANUARY 08 - 13 / 6 DAYS / IT. B - $3910**

FRAGATA (TOURIST SUPERIOR)

DECEMBER 03 - 07 / 5 DAYS / IT. B - $1200

SAMBA (TOURIST SUPERIOR)

DECEMBER 14 - 21 / 8 DAYS / IT. SE - $2440

NATURAL PARADISE (LUXURY CLASS)

DECEMBER 04 - 07 / 4 DAYS / IT. A - $1473

TREASURE OF GALAPAGOS (FIRST CLASS)

DECEMBER 10 - 14 / 5 DAYS / IT. A - $1995

SEASTAR YACHT (LUXURY CLASS)

DECEMBER 02 - 07 / 6 DAYS / IT. C - $3877

SANTA CRUZ II (DELUXE CRUISE)

DECEMBER 20 - 24 / 5 DAYS / IT.NORTH - $1949

ANAHI YACHT (FIRST CLASS)

NOVEMBER 30 - DEC 03 / 4 DAYS /IT. A1 - $1200 (1 PAX)

GALAXY YACHT (FIRST CLASS)

DECEMBER 18 - 21 / 4DAYS / IT. A - $2047**

CORMORANT (LUXURY CLASS)

DECEMBER 11 - 15 / 5 DAYS / IT. A - $2423

GRAND MAJESTIC (LUXURY CLASS)

DECEMBER 06 - 13 / 8 DAYS / IT. A - $2973

NEMO II (FIRST CLASS)

DECEMBER 09-12 / 4DAYS / IT. SOUTH- $1050

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