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Galapagos Tortoise

The Galapagos giant tortoise is one of the longest-lived animals in the world, and the oldest recorded individual lived to be 152! The Houston Zoo works with organizations in the Galapagos to help save these precious animals.


Animal Facts

Scientific Name

Geochelone nigra


Dry grassy and rocky areas on the Galapagos Islands

Location in the Zoo

Near lions and tigers

Cool Animal Fact

Adult male Galapagos tortoises can weigh up to 600 pounds! Females may weigh up to 200 pounds.

How we Help Save Them

  • 322 local Galapagos students and teachers participated in ecology courses to explore and learn more about the wildlife of the islands
  • 129 Galapagos tortoises were monitored to track their movement patterns and better understand the species
  • 123 Galapagos tortoise hatchlings were released in the wild and protected from invasive species.
  • A motorcycle was purchased for field staff to better monitor and research giant tortoises.

How You Can Help

Donate to help Galapagos island tortoises in the wild

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