larasaysrelax:

Saw the cutest little tortoise on Isabela 😍🐢
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#tortoise #baby #cute #isabela #island #islandlife #galapagos #galapagoslife #ecuador #travelbug #travelphotography #traveller #travel #instapassport #instagrammer #instadaily #travelsoflara #aroundtheworld #backpacker #nature #animal #backpacking #southamerica (at Île Isabella, Galápagos)

A GALAPAGOS TORTOISE HATCHLING! 

Galapagos Conservancy Newsroom

Galapagos Conservancy Newsroom

Another incredible accomplishment by the Galapagos Conservancy!  On April 17th, at 4 am, scientists and volunteers brought 190 captive-reared tortoises, to the Galapagos island of Santa Fe for release. While the population of tortoises on Santa Fe went extinct 150 years ago, this release marks the 3rd and largest group of tortoises introduced to the island by the Galapagos conservancy. All the tortoises, ages 4-5, were checked to ensure they were in optimum health and will grow and live long lives and hopefully lead to island born fully wild tortoises.  

Once at the site, the Park rangers, scientists, and volunteers released the young tortoises who quickly became familiar with their new home, sought shelter under the shade of vegetation in the area, and began to feed.

All this work is done in an attempt to grow the population of these tortoises and restore a balance to the ecosystem that was lost when these animals disappeared.

“With their food patterns and their movement, these new tortoises of Santa Fe will contribute to the complete restoration of the island. It is possible that in a few years we will see this place as it originally was,” said Walter Bustos, director of the Galapagos National Park (part of the Ministry of the Environment).

Go forth and nom, shell friends! We wish you the best of luck! 

Read more about the release and the incredible work of the Galapagos Conservancy here!

(via SERFOR peru & WTHR nbc )

29 highly endangered Galapagos tortoises, were found wrapped in plastic tape in a cardboard box on a bus from Northern Peru to Lima.

Peruvian wildlife officials were alerted to this bus as part of a larger investigation into a wildlife trafficking ring funneling animals to Europe for sale.  

These young Galapagos tortoises are no longer found in the wild outside of the Galapagos islands and despite progress, they continue to head towards extinction. 2 of the 29 tortoises did not survive. The others have been taken back to Ecuador to be cared for by veterinarians and returned to their home on the islands.

An important part of supporting turtles and tortoises around the world is understanding the realities they face at the hands of humans. The trafficking of wildlife is one of the greatest threats to the turtle and tortoise population worldwide. It’s one of the most lucrative organized criminal activities and we, far too frequently, perpetuate it with our Wallets and best intentions. Be aware and cautious, adopt, and support organizations working to stop the illegal trade that’s wiping out the wild populations of our shell friends.

(source: mnn.com)

80-year old Galapagos Tortoise, Nigrita (named after a type of finch), is now the proud mom of nine hatchlings at the Zurich Zoo. For her species, laying eggs at 80 is no big deal. She weighs 200 lbs and is in the prime of her life. The proud father, Jumbo, is 36 years younger but about twice her size. 

These gorgeous giants, with the help of the Zoo staff and the Swiss Association of Friends of the Galapagos Islands, are the proud parents of 9 shells, tiny in size but giant in impact. These little ones, along with those young hatchlings recently discovered on the islands themselves, will carry on the legacy of the wisest creatures on our planet.

Just think what they will have witnessed when they’re their mother’s size? 

A warm welcome to this gorgeous shell family! 

tyroneolson:

Zoo day with @twalsh1130 #sandiegozoo #tortoise 🐢 (at San Diego Zoo)

Why does everyone expect such unreasonable forms of grace.. if you were as old and wise and gorgeous you’d stumble a bit too.. just from the weight of your AWESOMENESS.