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Today a rare Galapagos tortoise was seen on Santa Cruz. I couldn't help but think of all the tortoise friends we made this past summer. 
Everyone meet Harold. 🐢

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@mksack

Today a rare Galapagos tortoise was seen on Santa Cruz. I couldn't help but think of all the tortoise friends we made this past summer. Everyone meet Harold. 🐢 #galapagos #elchato #tortoise #santacruz #santacruzisland #gianttortoise #backpackinginecuador #familyvacation2018

Not seen for 100 years, this rare Galápagos tortoise was considered all but extinct – until now. The adult female Fernandina Giant Tortoise, possibly older than 100, was found on Fernandina Island. The animal was transported to a breeding center on Santa Cruz Island where genetic tests will be made. ⁣⁣⁣⠀
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@usatoday

Not seen for 100 years, this rare Galápagos tortoise was considered all but extinct – until now. The adult female Fernandina Giant Tortoise, possibly older than 100, was found on Fernandina Island. The animal was transported to a breeding center on Santa Cruz Island where genetic tests will be made. ⁣⁣⁣⠀ ⁣⁣⁣⠀ #galápagostortoise #galápagos #tortoise #fernandinaisland #fernandinagianttortoise #gianttortoise

#GiantTortoise considered to be extinct 100 years ago is #discovered in #Galapagos Island in its #natural #habitat. She is an adult #female who possibly exceeds the hundred years. This #WorldDiscovery was led by local and international #explorers. #GalapagosIslands #SaveGalapagos #WorldNews #EndangeredSpecies
@columbustravelecuador

#gianttortoise considered to be extinct 100 years ago is #discovered in #galapagos Island in its #natural #habitat. She is an adult #female who possibly exceeds the hundred years. This #worlddiscovery was led by local and international #explorers. #galapagosislands #savegalapagos #worldnews #endangeredspecies

Happy hump day! Hope everyone is having a day as good as this guy 🐢😂 #sulcatatortoise #humpday (tag and share with a friend) 
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@reptilesman

Happy hump day! Hope everyone is having a day as good as this guy 🐢😂 #sulcatatortoise #humpday (tag and share with a friend) SINCITYREPTILES.COM

The mythical giant tortoise species that was endemic to Fernandina Island of the Galápagos Archipelago and was believed to have been extinct for more than 100 years has been rediscovered.
Even the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) considered it officially extinct.
In the Galapagos there are 11 giant tortoise species: 5 in Isabela, 1 in San Cristóbal, 2 in Santa Cruz, one in Española, one in Pinzón and one in Santiago.
The one from Fernandina is the only one found at the moment which reminds us of Solitary George that passed away without leaving descendants in June of the 2012 and with it was declared extinct.
The Minister of the Environment, Marcelo Mata, confirmed it in a tweet. An expedition with specialists from the Galapagos National Park and the non-governmental organization Galápagos Conservancy located a specimen (adult female) of Chelonoidis Phantasticus.

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@georeisenecuador

The mythical giant tortoise species that was endemic to Fernandina Island of the Galápagos Archipelago and was believed to have been extinct for more than 100 years has been rediscovered. Even the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) considered it officially extinct. In the Galapagos there are 11 giant tortoise species: 5 in Isabela, 1 in San Cristóbal, 2 in Santa Cruz, one in Española, one in Pinzón and one in Santiago. The one from Fernandina is the only one found at the moment which reminds us of Solitary George that passed away without leaving descendants in June of the 2012 and with it was declared extinct. The Minister of the Environment, Marcelo Mata, confirmed it in a tweet. An expedition with specialists from the Galapagos National Park and the non-governmental organization Galápagos Conservancy located a specimen (adult female) of Chelonoidis Phantasticus. #travel #tourism #passportready #wanderlust #visiting #explorer #aroundtheworld #ecuador

Interesting News!!! 🐢🐢🐢 #Repost #wigwamtours @galapagosconservancy with @get_repost
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BREAKING NEWS! GC’s own Wacho Tapia, Director of the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative, just returned from an expedition on Fernandina Island in Galapagos, during which they discovered a female tortoise. Tortoises have been thought to be extinct on Fernandina for more than a century… so this finding is truly monumental! This was an emotional high point in Wacho’s life’s work, a moment he shares here with us: “The conservation of Galapagos giant tortoises has been my world for 29 years, and I have been involved in many exciting events, including the discovery of a new species of tortoise. But this time, the emotion I feel is indescribable. To find a living tortoise on Fernandina Island is perhaps the most important find of the century. The only live specimen of the species from Fernandina (‘Chelonoidis phantasticus’) was found 112 years ago. Now we just need to confirm the genetic origin of this female. She is old but she is alive! It was even more exciting to share the moment with my good friends, park rangers Jeffreys Malaga, Eduardo Vilema, Roberto Ballesteros, and Simon Villamar, and to have the whole event recorded by a team from @animalplanet.” Photos © GNDP, W. Tapia 
#gianttortoise #galapagostortoise #galapagosislands #islasgalapagos #galapagos #ecuador🇪🇨
@wigwamtours

Interesting News!!! 🐢🐢🐢 #repost #wigwamtours @galapagosconservancy with @get repost ・・・ BREAKING NEWS! GC’s own Wacho Tapia, Director of the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative, just returned from an expedition on Fernandina Island in Galapagos, during which they discovered a female tortoise. Tortoises have been thought to be extinct on Fernandina for more than a century… so this finding is truly monumental! This was an emotional high point in Wacho’s life’s work, a moment he shares here with us: “The conservation of Galapagos giant tortoises has been my world for 29 years, and I have been involved in many exciting events, including the discovery of a new species of tortoise. But this time, the emotion I feel is indescribable. To find a living tortoise on Fernandina Island is perhaps the most important find of the century. The only live specimen of the species from Fernandina (‘Chelonoidis phantasticus’) was found 112 years ago. Now we just need to

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San Cristóbal Giant Tortoise, Chelonoidis chathamensis
📍San Cristóbal, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
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The estimated historical population of giant tortoises on San Cristóbal was between 12,000 and 25,000 individuals. However, introduced predators, competitors, and vegetation change led to a catastrophic decline to only 500-750 individuals in the early 1970s. A census in November 2016 estimated the population to be 6,700 individuals indicating the species is in the process of recovery!
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In other news, a female giant tortoise has been found on Fernandina island during an expedition for the first time in 113 years! Giant tortoises were thought to be extinct on that island for more than a century!
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Such exciting news that demonstrates the importance of wildlife monitoring! Great discovery @galapagosconservancy and @forrest.galante!
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@ashleys.wildlife

. San Cristóbal Giant Tortoise, Chelonoidis chathamensis 📍San Cristóbal, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador . The estimated historical population of giant tortoises on San Cristóbal was between 12,000 and 25,000 individuals. However, introduced predators, competitors, and vegetation change led to a catastrophic decline to only 500-750 individuals in the early 1970s. A census in November 2016 estimated the population to be 6,700 individuals indicating the species is in the process of recovery! . In other news, a female giant tortoise has been found on Fernandina island during an expedition for the first time in 113 years! Giant tortoises were thought to be extinct on that island for more than a century! . Such exciting news that demonstrates the importance of wildlife monitoring! Great discovery @galapagosconservancy and @forrest.galante! . #galapagosislands #galapagos #sancristobal #fernandina #gianttortoise #gianttortoises #tortoise #tortoisesofinstagram #ecology #biology

Amazing news from the #GalapagosIslands, a species of #gianttortoise that was thought extinct was recently found in #FernandinaIsland 🐢. Kudos to the #GalapagosNationalPark guys! Read all about it here 👉 https://bit.ly/2Sf8YbY
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@galapagosinsiders

Amazing news from the #galapagosislands, a species of #gianttortoise that was thought extinct was recently found in #fernandinaisland 🐢. Kudos to the #galapagosnationalpark guys! Read all about it here 👉 https://bit.ly/2Sf8YbY #ecuadorandgalapagosinsiders

Galapagos giant tortoise is the largest living species of tortoise in the world. Human exploitation saw a rapid decline in it's wild population, resulting in extinction of some of the subspecies. I felt lucky to be in presence of these unique and amazing animals. #tortoise 
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@virenpawar.traveldiary

Galapagos giant tortoise is the largest living species of tortoise in the world. Human exploitation saw a rapid decline in it's wild population, resulting in extinction of some of the subspecies. I felt lucky to be in presence of these unique and amazing animals. #tortoise #galapagostortoise #galapagosgianttortoise #gianttortoise #tortuga #tortugas #galapagos #galapagosislands #ecuador 🇪🇨 #islasantacruz #santacruzisland #isabelaisland #nature #thebiggest #funnyanimals #cuteanimals #wildlifephotography #wildnature #natgeowild #picoftheday #wanderlust #roamtheplanet #traveltoexplore #backpacker #outdoors #earthpix #topshot #ig wildlife #evolution #wildlife shots

Eating some cactus 🌵 #sulcatatortoise 
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@reptilesman

Eating some cactus 🌵 #sulcatatortoise SINCITYREPTILES.COM

One of the best experiences ever! How cool are these giant tortoises? There were about 50 of them roaming around (some were humping each other and grunting in a disturbing manner but let’s pretend that wasn’t happening! 🤦‍♀️🤣) Don’t know who loved feeding the tortoises more, me, Ian or Pops! Magical moment I won’t forget in a hurry.
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@mummy_who_wanders

One of the best experiences ever! How cool are these giant tortoises? There were about 50 of them roaming around (some were humping each other and grunting in a disturbing manner but let’s pretend that wasn’t happening! 🤦‍♀️🤣) Don’t know who loved feeding the tortoises more, me, Ian or Pops! Magical moment I won’t forget in a hurry. . . . #dressthebump #6monthspregnant #pregnancystyle #pregnancyfashion #gianttortoise #mauritiusisland #mauritiusexplored #mauritius explored #travelwithme #sheisnotlost #girlmeetsglobe #damestravel #travellikeagirl #letsgoeverywhere #instatraveller #girlsdreamttravel #lpkids #wearetravelmums #familyadventures #holidayswithkids #mytinyatlas #travelwithkids #familytravel #worldschooling #travelphotography #letsgoeverywhere #girlsthatwander #travelmom #wecollectmemories

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND | GALAPAGOS | ECUADOR⁣
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After arriving from San Cristobal we checked into our @airbnb which was absolutely perfect for us and headed to the famous Darwin Centre. Its the best place to see Giant Tortoises 🐢, which are only found in the Galapagos and the Seychelles. They’re in captivity as a lot of Galapagos residents kept them as pets many years ago, they gave them up to the Darwin Centre as they are not fit for the wild.⁣
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Just 5 minutes walk away from the Darwin Centre is an amazing beach called Playa De La Estacion. It is a good snorkelling spot with chances of seeing plenty of colourful fish, sea lions, turtles and marine iguanas. Theres also some very cheeky birds that will steal any food you leave available and are quite happy to sit on your head and wait haha.⁣
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That night we ate in what among backpackers is called Fish Street but is officially called Los Kioskos. The seafood here is incredible and is all much cheaper than the rest of the island. ⁣
The following day we headed to Las Grietas for some snorkelling, it is a valley of volcanic rock filled with water its such a great snorkelling spot but the rocks are so sharp! We had our sandwiches on a near by beach and watched the Marine Iguanas swim around, they look so majestic in the water.⁣
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On the afternoon we went to Tortuga Bay which was definitely a highlight for us! The most beautiful beach that I’ve seen. The first beach is more for surfing but if you walk further down the beach there is another bay that is very good for snorkelling as the water is much calmer! ⁣
All activities where free for us on Santa Cruz we just used #googlemaps to find them and we brought our own snorkel as mentioned in a previous post! ⁣
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𝗖𝗢𝗦𝗧𝗦 (𝗨𝗦$): Specials Menu on Fish Street $7 🔸 Darwin Centre FREE 🔸 Beaches FREE 🔸 Las Grietas FREE 🔸⁣
𝗧𝗜𝗣𝗦: 🔹 Take an underwater camera 🔹 🔹 Carry plenty of sun screen and water 🔹 At fish street, Sit inside if it looks like it might rain, the umbrellas are shit 🔹 In Las Grietas, wear old trainers or water shoes, the rocks are sharp 🔹 Tortuga Bay closes at 5pm so get there early 🔹
@backpackerinsider

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND | GALAPAGOS | ECUADOR⁣ ⁣ After arriving from San Cristobal we checked into our @airbnb which was absolutely perfect for us and headed to the famous Darwin Centre. Its the best place to see Giant Tortoises 🐢, which are only found in the Galapagos and the Seychelles. They’re in captivity as a lot of Galapagos residents kept them as pets many years ago, they gave them up to the Darwin Centre as they are not fit for the wild.⁣ ⁣ Just 5 minutes walk away from the Darwin Centre is an amazing beach called Playa De La Estacion. It is a good snorkelling spot with chances of seeing plenty of colourful fish, sea lions, turtles and marine iguanas. Theres also some very cheeky birds that will steal any food you leave available and are quite happy to sit on your head and wait haha.⁣ ⁣ That night we ate in what among backpackers is called Fish Street but is officially called Los Kioskos. The seafood here is incredible and is all much cheaper than the rest of the

Bristol Zoo 🦁🐵🐗🐢🦍
@emvictoriagibs

Bristol Zoo 🦁🐵🐗🐢🦍

Yesterday the minister of Environment of Ecuador announced that on the Island of Fernandina a giant tortoise species that they believed to be extinct for 100 years has been found. It concerns an adult female specimen of the Chelonoidis Phantasticus species. What a great news! 🐢
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@adoreecuador

Yesterday the minister of Environment of Ecuador announced that on the Island of Fernandina a giant tortoise species that they believed to be extinct for 100 years has been found. It concerns an adult female specimen of the Chelonoidis Phantasticus species. What a great news! 🐢 • • • • • #galapagosislands #islandfernandina #gianttortoise #notextinct #greatnews #ecuador #adoreecuador

- Colonel Dusji XIX, the Brazilian giant tortoise -
Nothing is safe when he’s roaming around. Inside the house or in the garden, Dusji will find anything to feed on or to hide. As soon as temperatures rise above 20 degrees Celcius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) he’s allowed to go outside in the garden. He enjoys it SO MUCH to roam around freely in the grass!
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Dusji is approximately 8 years old now but he can live up to 50 to 60 years. He’s a real part of the family.
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When I measured him a while ago he was 35cm (14inch) and weight 3.5kg (7.7lb). The average length of these tortoises lies around 40cm (15.75inch), with the largest known specimen at 94 cm (37 in). They’re known as the sixth-largest tortoise species on Earth.
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#reptiles #reptilekeeper #reptilegirl #herpetology #terrarium #fieldherping #yellowfootedtortoise #tortoise #chelonoidis #chelonoidisdenticulata #brazilian #gianttortoise
@morethanaglow

- Colonel Dusji XIX, the Brazilian giant tortoise - Nothing is safe when he’s roaming around. Inside the house or in the garden, Dusji will find anything to feed on or to hide. As soon as temperatures rise above 20 degrees Celcius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) he’s allowed to go outside in the garden. He enjoys it SO MUCH to roam around freely in the grass! . Dusji is approximately 8 years old now but he can live up to 50 to 60 years. He’s a real part of the family. . When I measured him a while ago he was 35cm (14inch) and weight 3.5kg (7.7lb). The average length of these tortoises lies around 40cm (15.75inch), with the largest known specimen at 94 cm (37 in). They’re known as the sixth-largest tortoise species on Earth. . . . #reptiles #reptilekeeper #reptilegirl #herpetology #terrarium #fieldherping #yellowfootedtortoise #tortoise #chelonoidis #chelonoidisdenticulata #brazilian #gianttortoise

She made friends in no time! Friends older than our grand parents👵👴. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 
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#couplegoals #love #couple #instagood #follow #relationshipgoals #beautiful #couples #kiss #photooftheday #photography #travel #life #goals #fashion #dreamworldtour #animal lover #tortoise #gianttortoise
@stampedmemories

She made friends in no time! Friends older than our grand parents👵👴. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #seychelles #seychellesbeach #seychellesisland #seychellestravel #creole @travel ust @couple.s #couplesexploring @couplefeatures @travelcouple @cutestcouples @travel feature account #earthclicks #bestplaces #travelfeature @streetdreamsmag @huntgramcuration #couplegoals #love #couple #instagood #follow #relationshipgoals #beautiful #couples #kiss #photooftheday #photography #travel #life #goals #fashion #dreamworldtour #animal lover #tortoise #gianttortoise

In this breeding center, there are different types of giant tortoises. These have thinner and more fragile-looking shells and their necks and legs are longer.
In all, there were fifteen species of giant tortoises; however that number has been reduced and the rest are at risk. For instance, humans have already killed four so only eleven species remain and one of those. One was died relatively recently in 2012 and another seems doomed to follow as there are only fifty tortoises in that species left in the world.
Facts like this send me into a deep depression — How can we stop people harming the environment? — but I suppose I need to hold onto the good: That there is a tortoise breeding area and the island people (and others) are tying to combat the problem.
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#charlesdarwinresearchstation #tortoise #gianttortoise #galapagostortoise #santacruz #galapagos #galapagosislands #archipelago #visitgalapagos #Ecuador #loves_ecuador #ecuadortravels #southoftheequator #southamerica #explore #livefolk #travel #lifewelltravelled #instapassport #travelgram #igtravel #travelblogger #exploringtheglobe #wanderlust #neverstopexploring #newplaces #uniquedestinations #earthfocus #wherewillwegonext
@l.merredith

In this breeding center, there are different types of giant tortoises. These have thinner and more fragile-looking shells and their necks and legs are longer. In all, there were fifteen species of giant tortoises; however that number has been reduced and the rest are at risk. For instance, humans have already killed four so only eleven species remain and one of those. One was died relatively recently in 2012 and another seems doomed to follow as there are only fifty tortoises in that species left in the world. Facts like this send me into a deep depression — How can we stop people harming the environment? — but I suppose I need to hold onto the good: That there is a tortoise breeding area and the island people (and others) are tying to combat the problem. *** #charlesdarwinresearchstation #tortoise #gianttortoise #galapagostortoise #santacruz #galapagos #galapagosislands #archipelago #visitgalapagos #ecuador #loves ecuador #ecuadortravels #southoftheequator #southamerica

SPEEDYLARKY: Racing with my Turtle Babyboy in Seychelles...He is still a Baby Giant Aldabra. The private picture stills of my videos☝️😎 #GiantTortoise #Turtles #SpeedyLarky #Pet #Aldabra #Seychelles
@yachtos72

SPEEDYLARKY: Racing with my Turtle Babyboy in Seychelles...He is still a Baby Giant Aldabra. The private picture stills of my videos☝️😎 #gianttortoise #turtles #speedylarky #pet #aldabra #seychelles

Couldn't believe the size of this tortoise poo! #Flashback to my visjt to Ile aux Aigrette islet of Mauritius where conservationists from the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation introduced the Giant Aldabara Tortoise (from Madagascar) to fulfil the ecological role of the sadly extinct Mauritius Giant Tortoise. #conservation #gianttortoise #mauritius #trackandsign
@taryn.gillson

Couldn't believe the size of this tortoise poo! #flashback to my visjt to Ile aux Aigrette islet of Mauritius where conservationists from the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation introduced the Giant Aldabara Tortoise (from Madagascar) to fulfil the ecological role of the sadly extinct Mauritius Giant Tortoise. #conservation #gianttortoise #mauritius #trackandsign

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