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  • - [Narrator] This is Goliath, a Galapagos tortoise.

  • He is massive.

  • At over 520 pounds,

  • he's one of the biggest tortoises in the world.

  • Goliath is believed to be in his 80s.

  • Galapagos tortoises have been known to live over 150 years.

  • They can go extended periods of time

  • without food or water, up to a year.

  • This unfortunately led to human exploitation.

  • Sailors on ships would bring these slow moving

  • defenseless giants on long voyages as a source of meat.

  • By the 1970s, only about 3,000 were left,

  • but through conservation and breeding efforts,

  • there are now over 20,000.

  • They've become a flagship species

  • for conservation efforts throughout the Galapagos.

  • But poaching and habitat loss are still a very real threat.

  • This is the Galapagos tortoise.

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The Galapagos Giant Tortoise on a Comeback

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    許大善 posted on 2019/08/27
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