Giant Tortoise

When you think Galapagos, most people think of Tortoises, big ones. Over-hunting and competition with introduced animals has left its numbers close to extinction. The Galápagos National Park Service park rangers and the scientists of the Charles Darwin Research Station have been working since the 1950s to bring their numbers back. We saw and learned about their conservation efforts and saw Tortoises from 1 month old to some well over a hundred. They are working hard to restore and protect the Galapagos Islands’ natural biodiversity.

They weren’t very afraid of us and several times cut across our paths. Actually I should say blocked our path for several minutes as they walked 5-10 feet. All I have to say is that Hare must have been really stupid to lose to one of these.

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