Galapagos Tortoise Geochelone elephantopus

The giant tortoises are the most remarkable animals of the Islands.They are the largest tortoises in the world with males approaching 500 lb. Classified gigantic, their existence on small tropical islands has puzzled scientists since their discovery.

(top row) Espanola tortoises, Tortoise breeding program,
Charles Darwin Research Station, Santa Cruz Island
(bottom row) Santa Cruz Tortoises, El Chato highlands, Santa Cruz Island