The Galapagos Giant Tortoise is an iconic animal, native to the region. It often grows to over 6 feet long and can weigh up to 800 pounds, and therefore stands as one of the biggest tortoises and reptiles on the planet.
This project has been instrumental in the conservation of these ancient animals that were very close to extinction. At one time a quarter million of these giants roamed the islands, but over time that number diminished to around 3,000. Several factors were responsible for the decline, beginning with sailors and settlers hunting them for food.
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The Galápagos Islands is a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean and is considered one of the world's leading locations for wildlife viewing. Its isolated landscape is home to a wide range of animal and plant species, many that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Charles Darwin visited the islands in 1835, and his observation of Galápagos' species later inspired his theory of evolution.
During your time at the tortoise center you will be a full time member of the center’s staff aiding in the conservation and care of these fascinating ancient creatures.
Examples of daily tasks at the center may include:
- Feeding and caring for the tortoises
- Cleaning and maintaining enclosures
- Explaining the rules and regulations of the center to tourists.
- Additional zoo keeping assignments as needed
Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:
- Basic level of Spanish
- A genuine passion for animal conservation
- An ability to openly communicate rules and regulations to tourists and follow instructions
- Ability to work independently as well as in a team
- Flexibility in work schedules and tasks to accommodate day-to-day needs of a local institution
- Physical ability to work outdoors with potentially high allergens, sun and temperature exposure