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Oct 11, 2016 - [Tuesday] Black & White: Big tortoise, small tortoise

Zoo de la Palmyre, France, taken on July 28, 2013

It looks like papa tortoise was talking to a very curious baby tortoise. There was definitely some profound life lesson goin’ on in that pond! 6 more words


Animal Spotlight: Gopher Tortoise


  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Testudines
  • Family: Testudinidae
  • Genus: Gopherus
  • Species: polyphemus
  • Average Length: 10-12 inches (25.4-30.5 cm)
  • Average Weight: 6 lbs (2.7 kg)
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3rd of October 2016 - Kelly O’Connor, Archbold Biological Station

I’m a wildlife biologist with a masters in Natural Resources Conservation from the University of Connecticut, and a research background focusing on wildlife-habitat relationships and non-game species conservation. 130 more words



Madagascan tortoise on verge of extinction

Unless the government of Madagascar takes swift action to enforce international anti-poaching and anti-trafficking laws, the country’s largest tortoise – the ploughshare tortoise (or angonoka tortoise) – will likely go extinct in the wild within the next two years, warns a coalition of NGOs working on tortoise conservation. 60 more words


GALAPAGOS Day 5... Free fun on Isabella: giant land tortoises, flamingos, iguanas, rays and sea lions aplenty! 

Isabela is the largest island in the archipelago but with only around 2000 permanent residence it has a very laid back, island vibe to it. Puerto Villamil, the town itself is positioned along the coast so there is plenty of white sandy coastline to enjoy, there is also a very nice tortoise breeding centre along a nature walk where you can also see flamingos and marine iguanas. 803 more words