Charles Darwin Research

Charles Darwin Research Station Galápagos

The (CDRS) is a biological research station operated by the Charles Darwin Foundation. It is located on the shore of Academy Bay in the village of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos Islands, with satellite offices on Isabela and San Cristóbal islands.


In Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, Ecuadorian and foreign scientists work constantly on research and projects for conservation of the Galápagos terrestrial and marine ecosystems. The Charles Darwin Research Station, established in 1959 and dedicated in 1964, has a natural history interpretation center and also carries out educational projects in support of conservation of the Galápagos Islands, and in support of external researchers visiting the islands to conduct field work.

Objectives and work[edit]

The objectives of the CDRS is to conduct scientific research and environmental education for conservation. The Station has a team of over a hundred scientists, educators, volunteers, research students, and support staff from all over the world.

The work of the CDRS has as its main objectives:

  • To promote, facilitate, design, and implement the scientific investigation necessary for the understanding of biological principles, better understanding of ecosystems, and adequate management of the islands’ natural resources.
  • To advise the Ecuadorian authorities on the subject of conservation and management of natural resources in the Galapagos Islands.
  • To collaborate with Ecuadorian institutions on the implementation of programs involved in scientific investigation and education on the islands.
  • To contribute to the development of scientific and technical personnel from Ecuador who are specialized in natural sciences and natural resource management.
  • To contribute and collaborate on educational programs related to the conservation of the islands.
  • To compile the results of the scientific investigations and the other activities of the organization and to disseminate this information regionally, nationally, and internationally.


  • Iguana on the beach at the Charles Darwin Research Station.
  • Chelonoidis nigra abingdonii Lonesome George at the Charles Darwin Research Station, photo taken in December 2011, Scientists estimate he was about 100 years old. He died on the 24th of June, 2012 [1].
  • Galapagos Yellow Land Iguana living at the Charles Darwin Research Station.
  • Tortoise at the Charles Darwin Research Station.
  • Detail of a tortoise head
Charles Darwin Research Station
Charles Darwin Research Station
Visiting the Charles Darwin Research Station in Galápagos
Visiting the Charles Darwin Research Station in Galápagos
Galápagos tortoises, Charles Darwin Research Station
Galápagos tortoises, Charles Darwin Research Station ...
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