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2014-02-18 23:02:16

Newport Aquarium announced Tuesday, Feb. 18, the addition of Turtle Canyon, a thrilling new exhibit set to open to the public March 22, 2014. Newport, KY (PRWEB) February 18, 2014 Newport Aquarium announced Tuesday, Feb. 18, the addition of Turtle Canyon, a thrilling new exhibit set to open to the public March 22, 2014. Turtle Canyon will feature a diverse collection of more than 14 species spanning three continents. From the largest tortoise species in the world, the Galapagos tortoise,...

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...

American Museum Of Natural History To Preserve Lonesome George
2013-07-03 11:50:35

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Lonesome George, a 100-year-old giant tortoise that once lived on the Galapagos Islands, is going to be preserved by the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Scientists made the surprising discovery of Lonesome George on Pinta Island in 1972. They had thought his species, Geochelone nigra abingdoni, was already extinct before then. The famous tortoise passed away in June 2012, found lifeless near his favorite watering...

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,...

Tortoise Studies Yield Surprising Results
2012-11-18 06:45:13

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online At the time of his death, it appeared that Lonesome George was the last member of his species, but new research suggests that his breed of giant tortoises might live on after all. According to Jennifer Viegas of Discovery News, experts at Yale University have reportedly discovered DNA evidence suggesting that members of the species Chelonoidis abingdoni could still exist. Those researchers collected genetic material from more...

Ecuador To Drop 20 Tons Of Poison On Galapagos To Kill Rats
2012-11-16 07:54:47

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For decades, conservationists have been vying to protect the native bird and reptile species of the Galapagos Archipelago, many species which are exclusively found here and nowhere else. Now, Ecuadorian conservationists are about to begin an ambitious project to rid the Island group of more than 180 million invasive rats that are damaging the delicate ecosystem. In what is being described as the biggest pest-removal project in...

Pinta Island’s Lonesome George Passes Away
2012-06-25 10:21:34

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com Sadly, the sudden death of the giant tortoise Lonesome George on the Galapagos Islands this Sunday marks the loss of another subspecies from the face of the Earth. When scientists first met Lonesome George on Pinta Island in 1972, they had thought his species, Geochelone nigra abingdoni, was already extinct. He was immediately placed into the park service´s tortoise breeding program on Santa Cruz Island and while he did mate with a female tortoise...

Scientists Find Offspring of Tortoises Believed Extinct
2012-01-09 13:25:27

A giant Galapagos tortoise species believed to have been extinct for 150 years may actually still be alive, researchers from Yale University have discovered. According to Telegraph Science Correspondent Nick Collins, experts believe that the species in question, Chelonoidis elephantopus, died out shortly after Charles Darwin's visit to the Galapagos Islands in 1835. However, the researchers say that they have found hybrid tortoises on the island of Isabela "that appear to have C....

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2011-01-21 10:05:00

The Galapagos National Park said in a statement to the Associated Press (AP) on Thursday that they are providing two new female partners for "Lonely George", who is believed to be the last living member of the Geochelone abigdoni species. George is estimated to be between 90 and 100 years old "” and could have at least 50 more years ahead of him. For the past 20 years, he has lived with two previous female partners, of the similar but different Geochelone becki species. The females...

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2010-04-05 13:33:42

Illegal hunting for meat and pet trade is wiping out critically endangered species A team of biologists from the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) reported today that Madagascar's radiated tortoise "“ considered one of the most beautiful tortoise species "“ is rapidly nearing extinction due to rampant hunting for its meat and the illegal pet trade. The team predicts that unless drastic conservation measures take place, the species will be...


Latest Galápagos 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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2007-02-21 10:35:24

The Desert Tortoise, Gopherus agassizii, is a species of tortoise native to the Mojave Desert and Sonoran Desert of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. The epithet agassizii is in honor of Swiss-American zoologist Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz. The carapace of these tortoises may attain a length of 6 to 15 inches, with males being slightly larger than females. Their shells are high-domed, and greenish-tan to dark brown in color. Desert tortoises can grow from 4"“6" in...

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2006-12-26 16:18:05

The Radiated Tortoise, Geochelone radiata, is a species of tortoise in the genus Geochelone. Although native to southern Madagascar, it has been introduced to the rest of the country and also the islands of Reunion and Mauritius. These tortoises are herbivores and 80 to 90% of their diet is from grazing. It is considered one of the most beautiful tortoises in the world. It is also endangered due to destruction of its habitat and from poaching.

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cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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