Hold still, you big lummox

I move very slow

Meet the Galapagos giant tortoise. There are actually a number of species, all with somewhat different shell patterns and all of them under aggressive conservation problems.

They are apparently tasty, as human consumption was one of the reason that many were driven to the brink (or over it) of extinction. And while they have no natural predators, they were also threatened from introduced wildlife: goats that competed for vegetation, rats that steal eggs.

Today, however, they’re a huge tourist attraction. Safaris go looking for them in the wild and plenty are available for viewing in conservation reserves or on private farms (as above and below).

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