Studies revealed that Diego, a Galapagos giant tortoise, fathered almost 40 percent of the young offsprings released in the wild on Española Island in the Galapagos Islands. His sexual exploits may just save his species from extinction.
" It's better to be a slow buddy, than to be a no buddy at all".
For years, desert tortoise populations in Mexico remained grouped under two species. However, a new study has identified a third individual among the bunch.
Burned and cracked tortoise shells found inside Qesem Cave near Tel Aviv, Israel, suggest early hunter gatherers enjoyed snacking on roasted tortoise shells. However, researchers say the tortoises would have only been a side dish, as they would not have provided enough calories.
Even though Lonesome George -- the last member of the Pinta Island Galapagos Tortoises -- died in 2012, scientists may be able to revive his species with the genetic help of close relatives.
Conservationists recently created a new nature reserve known as the Geometric Tortoise Preserve to house the largest and last viable population of geometric tortoises.
Extremely rare tortoise twins born at the Garden State Tortoise organization in New Jersey beat incredible odds to make it into the world but not without some help from the organization's founder.
Normally when you see "invaders" and "endangered" in the same sentence, it usually means invaders are causing trouble for a species already on its way out. That then would make the iconic tortoises found in the Galapagos Islands a very startling exception to the rule. New research has revealed that these gentle giants are completely pigging out on the islands' otherwise harmful invasive plants.
One disabled tortoise is getting a new lease on life after being fitted with a Lego "wheelchair" that now lets him ride around with ease.
The giant tortoise is an ancient and iconic species of reptile that specifically characterizes the Galapagos islands. However, thanks to shrinking habitats and the introduction of new species to the islands, the tortoise has remained a threatened species. Now researchers are saying that the species as a whole is finally on its way to a slow-and-steady recovery.