zookeeperrick:

#AnimalFact No one really knows what the normal life expectancy of the Galapagos tortoise is. But we do know that can live well over 125 years. In fact Harriet, a #Galapagos #Tortoise who passed away in 2006, was just over 175 years old. (Took this today during a fun photoshoot at the @SanDiegoZoo) #SanDiegoZoo #zookeeper #instaReptile #reptilesOfInstagram #instaTortoise #old #galapagostortoise #wise #lovemyjob

Just look at that face. She knows SO MUCH STUFF! We have so much to learn from our shell friends.

simonjpierce:

Giant tortoise at the Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz, Galapagos. The bulldozers of the animal kingdom.

#tortoise #Galapagos #theonlywayisecuador #wildlifephotography #Olympus #visitsouthamerica #reptile

the gentle giant with more wisdom than we can fathom in our giant human heads.

typhlonectes:

Giant Tortoises Island Hop Across the Galápagos

by NY Times staff

Giant Galápagos tortoises, the world’s biggest, have had it rough. Thanks to pirates and whalers eating them and to non-native species like goats destroying their habitat, four of the 14 documented species are extinct. Most recently, the Pinta species vanished with the 2012 death of Lonesome George, after decades of attempts to get him to reproduce.

But the tortoises emerging from the crates above represent a milestone in tortoise restoration efforts. They are among 201 tortoises recently released onto Santa Fe Island, which lost its tortoise species a century and a half ago.

We wanted to do this for a long time,” said Linda Cayot, the science adviser for the Galápagos Conservancy, which, in collaboration with the Galapagos National Park Directorate, runs the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative. It wasn’t easy. Without any Santa Fe tortoises left (nobody alive now has actually seen them – their existence is known mainly from whalers’ logbooks and museum-preserved bone fragments), conservationists turned to a close genetic relative: tortoises from Española Island…

(read more: NY Times – Science)

photograph by Galapagos Conservancy

JET SETTERS! (without the jets)

dxalejandra:

Today I was able to meet this gorgeous girl plus her sisters face to face ❤️🐢 a super big thank you to their keeper for allowing me to have this experience. #lovemyjob #Galapagos #galapagosturtle #turtle #tortoise #zsl #zoo #London #londonzoo #londonzsl #smile #happy

heehee she’s sexy and she knows it!

projectsabroadglobal:

Conservation volunteers feeding tortoises at the Breeding Centre in San Cristobal, Galapagos, Ecuador. #ProjectsAbroadEcuador #Galapagos #Conservation #Tortoise #Help #Learn #Explore #Volunteer

What an incredible experience. #1 on my bucket list.