giant tortoises

The iconic giant tortoise is on every visitor’s mental checklist when visiting the Galapagos islands. Tours always take visitors to the Charles Darwin Research Center in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, where you can learn about the conservation efforts through the National Park Service. The Charles Darwin Research Center The Charles Darwin Research Center serves as [...]

In addition to their huge size, Giant Tortoises have a number of other unique features. In fact, there are even differences between the tortoises from the different islands in the Galapagos. It certainly is fun to watch giant tortoises eat. They eat everything from papaya to grass and even the occasional cactus. In this new video, watch an enclosure full [...]

Giant tortoises are often seen as the unofficial mascot for the Galapagos Islands. They are an amazing animal. Their huge size and the way they move is captivating. Capturing their true nature in a picture or video is very difficult. Standing near and really observing a giant tortoise up close and personal is something very special. The [...]

Lonesome George was found dead in his enclosure on June 24th, 2012 at 8am by Fausto Llerana, George’s Keeper of 40 years. While George is estimated to have been 100 years old, he wasn’t considered old. Giant Galapagos Tortoises can live up to 200 years. Who Was Lonesome George? Lonesome George (Spanish: El Solitario Jorge) was of [...]

Drew Haines is a young Canadian expat living in Ecuador. She writes the Galapagos for Kids series. Learn about the Galapagos from a kids perspective. There are Giants in the Galapagos! What came to your mind when you read the title? Dragons? Well unless you are thinking of marine iguanas, dragons don’t live in Galapagos … but maybe [...]

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