Slow down there, pardner. There’s enough for everyone!
Galapagos tortoises at feeding time at the San Diego Zoo.
The Galapagos tortoise is the tenth heaviest living reptile. It reaches weights of 880 pounds and 5.9 feet in length. They can live more than one hundred years in the wild, and one captive tortoise lived for 170 years.
The San Diego Zoo has one of the world’s largest colonies of Galapagos tortoises outside of the wild populations. Many of the Galapagos tortoises at the San Diego Zoo have been here since 1928. Others are the result of the Zoo’s immensely successful breeding program. One tortoise, Diego, left the Zoo in 1976 to participate in a breeding program in the Galapagos; she is now mommy to hundreds of tortoises in her homeland. Another reason why Zoos, Aquariums, and Sanctuaries are important.
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