Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Galapagos Baby Tortoises: New borns every day

In the Galapagos Islands there is a big project to increase the number of individuals of every Galapagos giant tortoise species. It did not work out for “Lonesome George”, but for many other it has been positive. . There are three breeding stations were tortoises reproduce and lay eggs, and then the eggs are incubated and, voila, new tortoises are born!

It is an ongoing process that started many decades ago and now a day Isabela, Santa Cruz and San Cristobal have their own centers for reproduction of these tortoises. Almost every week, you can see a new born tortoise, and it will take a lot o patience and care, and seven years of feeding in captivity, to be able to release in the natural habitat a tortoise strong enough to survive in the harsh environment of this volcanic islands.

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