charles darwin research centre • 12 comments • Our first stop, during our trip to the Galápagos Islands, was to the Charles Darwin Research Station. We set out in hopes of seeing some giant tortoises. We met 'Lonesome George', who is approximately 60-90 years of age and he is not into the ladies. George, a Pinta Island tortoise, was found in the 70's is considered to be the rarest creature in the world. Since there are no other tortoises of his kind, the research station has been trying to breed him with two female tortoises of different subspecies - but it's just not happening. The main objective of the research station is the conservation of Galápagos terrestrial and marine ecosystems. The tortoise breeding that is conducted there is an example of this. After walking through some muddy terrain and spotting Lonesome George from afar, we were stopped by this guy: He didn't seem to want to interrupt our walk and got out of the way: If you're interested in donating to the Charles Darwin Research Foundation, you can do so here.