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Giant Tortoise

The Strange Times of Tortoise #21

Lindblad Expeditions | Posted 09.17.2014 | Travel
Lindblad Expeditions

In the 1960's the director of the nascent Charles Darwin Research Station found that the Española tortoises, slaughtered by the thousands by 18th-century whalers, were on the verge of extinction.

Madagascar's Bizarre Solution For Their Tortoise Extinction Problem

Posted 06.30.2013 | Green

From Crystal Gammon, OurAmazingPlanet Contributor: Two millennia ago, millions of giant tortoises roamed Madagascar, an island nation off the south...

New Hope Emerges For Extinct Turtle Species

AP | FRANK BAJAK | Posted 11.22.2012 | Science

LIMA, Peru -- Lonesome George, the late reptile prince of the Galapagos Islands, may be dead, but scientists now say he may not be the last giant tort...

Dodos Died En Masse...4000 Years Ago

| Sid Perkins | Posted 04.04.2012 | Science

An extended drought that struck Mauritius about 4200 years ago turned one of the island's few sources of fresh water into a muddy death trap for do...

PHOTOS: Biggest, Fastest, Deadliest: World's Most Extreme Animals

Posted 03.04.2012 | Science

Among animals, the blue whale is the biggest and the cheetah is the fastest runner— most of us have known this since grade school. But many of the e...

Near Century-Old Giant Tortoise 'Lonesome George' Gets 2 New Lovers

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

QUITO, Ecuador — Will Lonesome George ever become a dad? Scientists are still hoping to mate the near century-old giant tortoise from the Galap...