Galapagos Tortoise

Galapagos tortoises are only one of 2 species of giant tortoise. They live on the dry grassy and rocky areas of the Galapagos Islands and can live to be over 150 years old!


  • Scientific Name: Geochelone nigra
  • Range: Galapagos Islands
  • Status in the Wild: Threatened
  • Location in the Zoo: Duck Lake
  • Cool Animal Fact: Adult male Galapagos tortoises can weigh up to 600 pounds! Females may weigh up to 200 pounds.

Houston Zoo Tortoise Video

How We Help Wild Galapagos Tortoises

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, and the remaining tortoises are under threat. The Houston Zoo works with organizations in the Galapagos to help save these precious animals.

Find out more about how we help save wild galapagos tortoises!