Help us name a Newborn Tortoise

On March 5 2020, we welcomed the latest giant Galapagos tortoise newborns. There were 9 born in total in that nest, and to celebrate we would like to invite you to help us in naming one of them. 

Newborn tortoise. Photo by: Ainoa Nieto, CDF

As is common with tortoises, we won't know the sex of these newborns for around 25-30 years, so when you send us recommendations please make them unisex. 

To send us your suggestions please use the form below, or visit us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to leave us comments with your suggestions

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About the Galapagos Giant Tortoise

The new tortoises came into the world thanks to the work of the Galapagos National Park (GNP) and Galapagos Tortoise Movement Ecology Programme (GTMEP). The Galapagos giant tortoise is one of the most iconic species on the Archipelago and a species most associate when they think of the Galapagos Islands.

A total of 15 Galapagos tortoise species have been described, but due to centuries of over-harvesting, there are only 11 extant species on the archipelago, all of which remain endangered due to habitat change, invasive species, and other human impacts

Tortoise nesting areas. Photo by: Rashid Cruz, CDF


Thanks to the GNP and CDF conservation efforts, tortoises are slowly recovering and numbers started to increase. 

The GTMEP works since 2009 to better understand tortoise migration and how human activities may compromise their wellbeing. To do so, we attach tiny telemetry devices to the shell of newborn tortoises, in order to follow their movements and study their survival and growth. Every 2 weeks our team walks down 10 km to reach the nesting areas and take weight and measurements of these babies. 

Newborn tortoise with tracking devise. Photo by: Ainoa Nieto, CDF 

The continued protection and conservation would not be possible without the support from our donors. If you would like to help the Charles Darwin Foundation and the efforts of the Galapagos Tortoise Movement Ecology Programme please donate and support.

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The Galapagos Tortoise Movement Ecology Programme is a multi-institutional collaboration between the Charles Darwin Foundation, Max Planck Institute for Animal Behavior, Galapagos National Park Directorate, Saint Louis Zoo Institute for Conservation Medicine, Houston Zoo, and Galapagos Conservation Trust.


The mission of the Charles Darwin Foundation and its Research Station is to tackle the greatest threats and challenges to Galapagos through scientific research and conservation action, in order to safeguard one of the world’s most important natural treasures.

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