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.

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By sponsoring Galapagos giant tortoises, you will be able to learn more about this emblematic species, while contributing to the research and outreach activities of the Charles Darwin Foundation. The tortoises have become threatened largely due to habitat change and fragmentation, climate change, diseases and introduced species. CDF is part of the 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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The ‘Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands’, in French ‘Fondacion Charles Darwin  pour les Iles Galapagos’, Association Internationale sans but lucrative (AISBL), has its registered office at Avenue Louise 54, 1050 Brussels, Belgium. Trade Registry # 0409.359.103

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