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The Houston Zoo loves our Galapagos tortoises at the Zoo and we want to do anything we can to save them in the wild.
Giant tortoises are thought to have numbered in the tens of thousands before pirates and whalers began removing them for food on the Galapagos Islands. Unfortunately, 4 of the 14 subspecies or species of Galapagos Tortoises have gone extinct. The remaining tortoises face a number of threats including the competition of non-native animals that have been introduced to the islands over the years.
How the Houston Zoo helps tortoises in the wild:
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Every time you visit the Houston Zoo, you help save animals in the wild.