Latest Giant tortoise Stories
While not exactly in the Bambi league when it comes to cute, wild baby giant tortoises are a rare and exciting find. So, when scientists working in the Galapagos on the second Pinzón Island Giant Tortoise Survey found the first young Pinzón tortoises on the island for the first time in 100 years they were delighted. The find represents a major success story for conservation on the Galapagos Islands.
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
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 using GPS technology and modern 3D acceleration measurements have mapped out the annual migration of the Galapagos giant tortoise.
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.
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.
A report issued Monday, co-authored by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) working in conjunction with the Turtle Conservation Coalition, lists the 25 most endangered turtle species from around the world â€“ some of which currently number less than five individuals.
Biologists from the UCLA Division of Life Sciences have reported the first quantitative evidence for an evolutionary link between habitat and body size in turtles and tortoises.
The Galapagos National Park reported on Thursday that they are providing two new female partners for â€œLonely Georgeâ€, who is believed to be the last living member of the Geochelone abigdoni species.
The Galapagos giant tortoise and other iconic wildlife are facing a new threat from disease, as some of the islands' mosquitoes develop a taste for reptile blood.
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.
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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