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2013-08-09 23:21:30

Many people know the story of Lonesome George, the last of the Pinta Island Tortoises, yet what people do not realize is that the Galapagos Tortoise is just one of many species of Giant Tortoises that were exterminated after the first human settlers arrived on their islands. An article in the most recent issue of Chelonian Conservation and Biology takes an in-depth look at the decline of the Giant Tortoise in the Seychelles Islands and determines which islands could best support the...

GPS Used To Track Male Galapagos Tortoises Migration
2012-11-28 12:12:08

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists using GPS technology and modern 3D acceleration measurements have mapped out the annual migration of the Galapagos giant tortoise. The team from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology found that the male tortoise can travel up to 6.2 miles into the highlands of the island, and they usually start their annual migration at the beginning of the dry season. According to the findings, only the full grown animals migrate,...

2008-12-04 12:29:55

Jonathan, a 176-year-old tortoise living on the British territory of St. Helena, routinely mates with three young female tortoises, officials say. A St. Helena tourist board spokesman said Jonathan is an active animal senior, The Sun said Thursday. He lives in the grounds of Plantation House -- the governor's residence -- with five much younger tortoises, including three females, the spokesman said, referring to the Jamestown site where Jonathan resides. He feeds on the grass of the main...

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2008-11-11 15:15:00

A 90-year-old Galapagos island tortoise seemed to defy the intellect of modern conservationists when he mated for the first time in decades, but it appears that he still may not become a father. The giant Pinta Island tortoise, named Lonesome George, is the last of his kind. After trying almost everything from artificial insemination to having George watch younger males mate, his keepers had nearly lost hope. At 90 years old George is in his sexual prime and his low libido even raised...

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2008-07-22 13:10:00

A notorious Galapagos tortoise given the nickname "Lonesome George", because of his decades-long refusal to procreate, shocked his keepers on Monday by mating with one of his two female companions. The Pinta island tortoise has shown little interest in reproducing during 36 years in captivity, and experts say he may finally help save his species from extinction. Park rangers discovered a nest with several eggs in George's pen "” three were placed in incubators. It will take about four...

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2008-05-26 16:06:14

The Desert Tortoise, which has lived and maintained virtually the same look for over 200 million years, is now dwindling in the southwestern desert of Utah. The population of this fascinating creature has decreased substantially in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve since 2000. Eight years ago there were an estimated 3,200 tortoises roaming the reserve's 62,000 acres, and now that number has dropped to 1,700. A biologist with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources in St. George, Ann McLuckie, is...

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2007-07-04 00:20:00

QUITO, Ecuador - Rangers found the shells of eight endangered giant tortoises believed to have been killed by poachers, Galapagos National Park officials said Tuesday. Poachers sometimes kill the protected tortoises and use the meat for consumption or for sale on the black market. Of the remains discovered, five were up to 15 years old, and three were adult females - possibly older than 80 - the park said in a statement. The park called their deaths a great loss, saying some had been...

2005-11-14 23:02:12

CANBERRA (Reuters) - One of the world's oldest living animals, Harriet the tortoise, celebrated her 175th birthday on Tuesday -- with a pink hibiscus flower cake at her retirement home in northern Australia. Australia Zoo, where Harriet has spent the past 17 years, says the Giant Galapagos Land Tortoise was collected by British scientist Charles Darwin in 1835, although some historians have disputed this. There is no doubt however over the age of Harriet -- who for more than a...


Latest Aldabra Giant Tortoise Reference Libraries

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2007-02-21 10:38:47

The Florida Gopher Tortoise, Gopherus polyphemus, is a species of tortoise native to the coastal plains of the United States. They are predominantly found in the state of Florida, but also range into the states of South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. They spend the majority of their life in burrows around dry places such as sand hills, flat woods, prairies and coastal dunes. These are medium sized tortoises, averaging 10 inches long and around 9 pounds in weight at...

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2006-12-26 16:20:13

The Leopard Tortoise, Geochelone pardalis, is a large, grazing tortoise that favors semi-arid, thorny to grassland habitats in the west of Africa from Sudan to South Africa. On average, they are about 16 to 18 inches long and weigh 40 to 50 pounds, although some reach up to 24 inches and 70 pounds. They generally have a life span of 50 years. It is brown and yellow. This is one of the few tortoises that actually swim. Truly it will run along the bottom of a shallow area. These...

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2006-12-26 15:57:45

The Aldabra Giant Tortoise, Geochelone gigantea, is one of the largest tortoises in the world. It is found on the islands of the Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles. The atoll has been protected from human influence and is home to some 152,000 giant tortoises, the world's largest population of the animal. Another isolated population of the species resides on the island of Zanzibar. The tortoises exploit many different kinds of habitat including grasslands, low scrub, mangrove swamps, and coastal...

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