Galapagos Island Tortoise Conservation

2017 Successes:

  • 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

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:

  • Our veterinary staff travels to the Galapagos Islands to offer veterinary assistance.
  • Our Veterinary staff travels to the Galapagos Islands to assist with efforts to remove non-native animals introduced to the Galapagos that compete for resources and threaten the Galapagos tortoises.  Read the article here.
  • Our conservation/education staff travels to the Galapagos to assist with conservation/education programing to empower young conservation leaders.

Donate to help Galapagos island tortoises in the wild:

How you can help tortoises in the wild:

  • Donate to help Galapagos island tortoises in the wild link here
  • Join us for our yearly Save a Turtle Saturday in March to learn more.
  • Follow wild Galapagos tortoises on Facebook at Galapagos Tortoise Project and share exciting news about tortoises with your friends!
  • Friend the Houston Zoo Facebook Page for updates!

Every time you visit the Houston Zoo, you help save animals in the wild.