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Galapagos Tortoise history

The Galapagos Tortoise sports the name of the islands it inhabits. The islands received their name when Spanish explorers came across the islands and saw the massive amount of tortoises roaming the islands. The word "Galapagos" means tortoise in Spanish, so it is easy to see how the relationship was established. Explorers were astounded by the massive size of these tortoises, and it didn't take them long to realize that they made a good source of meat. They also had the ability to survive long periods without food or water. This was definitely an unfortunate circumstance for the Galapagos Tortoise and as more humans visited the islands, they brought with them other animals, which often preyed upon eggs and young tortoises. The population of Galapagos Tortoises dropped from 250,000 to only 15,000 remaining today, with 3,500 of the remaining tortoises being introduced by centers such as the Charles Darwin Foundation. With continued support, the Galapagos Tortoise will hopefully see days of prosperity again.

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