Carlos Espinosa-CDF

Adopt a Galapagos Giant Tortoise

Adopt a Galapagos Giant Tortoise

The gentle giants of Galapagos

Arriving from mainland South America 2-3 million years ago, the most famous resident of the Galapagos Islands is the Galapagos giant tortoise. In fact, the islands were named after the giant tortoises’ saddle-shaped shells – galapágo is an old Spanish word for saddle. Today there are 11 species of giant tortoises left in the Galapagos Islands. Their population is currently estimated at between 30,000 and 35,000 individuals.


Bronze package

You will receive: - Personalized certificate of sponsorship (digital) - Welcome letter (digital) - Information leaflet on the species (digital)
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Silver package

You will receive: - Everything from the Bronze Package, PLUS - A set of 5 digital postcards of a species in a printable format
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Gold package

You will receive: - Everything from the Silver Package, PLUS - CDF coffee mug (US addresses only)
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How your adoption helps

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By adopting a Galapagos giant tortoise, you will contribute to our research and outreach activities related to various tortoise species. The Galapagos tortoises have become threatened largely due to habitat change and fragmentation, climate change, diseases, and introduced species. The Charles Darwin Foundation leads a multi-institutional project that aims to determine movement behavior, assess health, and describe the ecological role of tortoises in the Galapagos ecosystems.

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