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BREEDING CENTER "ARNALDO TUPIZA"  Isabela Island


Permitted Uses:   Educational Visits    Photography and filming

The Tortoise Breeding Center of Isabela is located 1.5 km from Puerto Villamil. You can walk or drive. 

In this Breeding Center populations from South Isabela (Sierra Negra Volcano, Cerro Azul): Cazuela, Cinco Cerros, Roca Union, San Pedro, Tables and Cerro Paloma have been reproduced in captivity. In total there are 330 between juvenile and adult tortoises. 

From the population of Cerro Paloma, there are 4 males and two female Galapagos, which, so far, are the only survivors. The raising of this breed of tortoise is of particular interest since genetic analysis performed in 1994 based on blood samples has determined that tortoises from this Galapaguera are different from the others. This is compounded by the fact that one of these two females is infertile, as shown by analysis of absent follicles. However, in 1998, the second female nested and now finally has 9 Galapaguitos of Cerro Paloma.

Cazuela tortoises are not in as serious danger of extinction. In their home there are still adults and juveniles. The main problems we have in the field are the competition for food by feral goats, trampling of nests by wild donkeys and killing by man from many years ago. 

Cinco Cerros has a giant tortoise subpopulation quite different. Locally it is known as "aplastada" (flattened} by the peculiar shape of its shell. In 1994 it was estimated that there were approximately 70 "aplastadas". The main reason for its low population size is apparently strong nest predation by ants of the genus Solenopsis. In September 1998, the eruption of Cerro Azul Volcano, threatened to burn the Galapaguera where this very rare sub-population is concentrated. Due to the emergency of the situation, and with the assistance of the Ecuadorian Army, an evacuation of tortoises "aplastada" was carried out in the affected area. The rescued animals were moved to the Breeding Center of Puerto Villamil, bringing the number that is there now to 17 (previously 2): 7 males and 10 females. 

In addition to the Cinco Cerros tortoises, all endangered adult tortoises were brought by helicopter in 1994. Juveniles and sub adults were carried by hand and on horses, a commendable and outstanding work of the park rangers, who had to cross areas of difficult access and under pretty poor conditions in order to give these reptiles, insignia of the Galapagos, a chance of survival. 

The tortoises are fed three times a week, based on an Otoya (Xanthosoma saggitifolium) plant diet, and cachimuela (Potomorphe peltata). The water they drink is from small artificial ponds that exist within the corrals. 

The Breeding Center has beautiful gardens consisting of native plants, as manzanillo (Hippomane mancinella), mesquite (Prosopis juliflora), prickly pear (Opuntia spp), palo santo (Bursera graveolens), lime prickly-ash (Zanthoxylum Fagara), thorn shrub (Scutia pauciflora) Galapagos croton (Croton scouleri), Glorybower (Clerodendrum molle), sea island or creole cotton (Gossypium barbadense), Radiate-headed (lechoso) (Scalesia affinis), yellow cordia (Cordia lutea), snowberry or milkberry (Chiococca alba), myrtle (Maytenus octagon), nickerbean or nickernut (Caesalpinia bonduc) and Darwin's Daisy (Darwiniothamnus spp).

Special Indications

  • It is advisable to combine a visit to the Breeding Center with some other activity in the vicinity of Puerto Villamil e.g. Las Tintoreras or Sierra Negra. 

  • In the area there are introduced wasps. It is best not to wear clothes with bright colors like yellow or orange hues.


 








LOCATION

Escalera
La Playa
Daphne Major Isl.
Gardner Bay
Punta Suárez
Punta Espinoza
Asilo de la Paz
Cerro Alieri
La Lobería
Mirador de la Baronesa
Post Office
Punta Cormorant
Darwin Bay
El Barranco
Urbina Bay
Calera
Caleta Tagus
"ARNALDO TUPIZA" Breeding Center
The Wetlands
Concha de Perla
Cueva de Sucre
Las Tintoreras
Sulfur mines

ISLAND

Bartolomé Island
Bartolomé Island
Daphne Major Isl.
Española Island
Española Island
Fernandina Island
Floreana Island
Floreana Island
Floreana Island
Floreana Island
Floreana Island
Floreana Island
Genovesa Island
Genovesa Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island

 

Mirador del Mango
Playa Tortuga Negra
Punta Albemarle
Punta Moreno
Volcán Alcedo
V. Sierra Negra/V.Chico
Plazas Sur
Rábida
Interpretation Center
Cerro Brujo
Cerro Tijeretas
Galap. Cerro Colorado
Galapaguera Natural
Lobos Island
Jardín de las Opuntias
La Lobería
"El Junco" Lagoon
Manglecito
Playa Baquerizo
Playa Ochoa
Puerto Chino
Puerto Grande
Punta Carola

 

Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
South Plaza Isl.
Rábida Island
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.

 

Punta Pitt
Ballena Bay
Tortuga Bay
Fausto Llerena Breeding Cent.
M. Cifuentes Visitor Center
Cerro Dragón
El Garrapatero
El Mirador de los Túneles
Las Grietas
/ Los Gemelos
Playa de la Estación
Playa Las Bachas
Playa de Los Perros
Puntudo/Cerro Crocker
El Chato reserve
Santa Fe
Sullivan Bay
Salt mines
Playa Espumilla
Puerto Egas
North Seymour
Mosquera
Sombrero Chino

 

San Cristóbal Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Cruz Isl.
Santa Fe Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
N. Seymour Isl.
Mosquera Island
Sombero Chino Isl.

LOCATION

Bartolomé Punta
Daphne Minor
El Arco
El Arenal
Bajo Gardner
Gardner Island
Islote Osborn
Punta Suárez
Cabo Douglas
Cabo Hammond
Punta Espinoza
Punta Mangle
Corona del Diablo
Caldwell Island
Islote Champion
Islote Enderby
Islote Gardner
Islote Watson
Darwin Bay
Elizabeth Bay
Cabo Marshall
Cabo Rosas
Caleta Shimpth
Tagus Cove
Cowley Island
Tortuga Island
Tortuga Oeste Islet

ISLAND

Bartolomé Island
Daphne Minor Isl.
Darwin Island
Darwin Island
Española Island
Española Island
Española Island
Española Island
Fernandina Island
Fernandina Island
Fernandina Island
Fernandina Island
Floreana Island
Floreana Island
Floreana Island
Floreana Island
Floreana Island
Floreana Island
Genovesa Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island

 

La Viuda
Punta Alfaro
Punta García
Punta Vicente Roca
Roca Blanca
Roca Cuatro Hermanos
Roca Redonda
Roca Unión
Playa Negra
Punta Espejo
Punta Mejía
Punta Montalvo
Islote Mosquera
Cabo Chalmers
Cabo Ibbetson
Puerto Posada
Punta Nerus
Islote Dumb
Islote Onan
Roca Sin Nombre
Plazas Sur
Rábida Island
Cerro Tijeretas
Lobos Island
Five Fingers Islet
Islote Punta Pitt

 

Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Isabela Island
Marchena Island
Marchena Island
Marchena Island
Marchena Island
Marchena Island
Pinta Island
Pinta Island
Pinta Island
Pinta Island
Pinzón Island
Pinzón Island
Pinzón Island
Plazas Island
Rábida Island
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.

 

León Dormido
Roca Ballena
Roca Este
Caleta Tortuga Negra
Guy Fawkes Sur
Edén Island
Islote Camaño
Las Palmitas
Punta Carrión
Punta Estrada
Rocas Gordon
Fondeadero
Punta El Miedo
James Bay
Caleta Bucanero
Islote Albany
Roca Cousins
Roca Don Ferdi
Rocas Bainbridge
Rocas Beagle
Canal Seymour
Zona Nor-Este
El Derrumbe
Islote La Ventana
La Banana
Punta Shark Bay

 

San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
San Cristóbal Isl.
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Island
Santa Fe Island
Santa Fe Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
Santiago Island
North Seymour Isl.
North Seymour Isl.
Wolf Island
Wolf Island
Wolf Island
Wolf Island




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