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Upclose Encounter with a Gentle Giant | by mikel.hendriks
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Upclose Encounter with a Gentle Giant

Galápagos Tortoise or Galápagos Giant Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra)

Subspecies: Chatham Island Tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra chathamensis)


Max. weight 400 kg (880 lb), length 1.8 meters (5.9 ft) and life span 170 years.


Location: Cerro Colorado Galapaguera Tortoise Reserve - San Cristobal Island (or Chatham Island) - The Galápagos Islands - Ecuador


The tortoise preserve was built in 2002 this 12 hectare preserve is located in a dry forest and was constructed to preserve the San Cristobal subspecies of Galapagos Tortoise (Geochelone chathensis). The San Cristobal tortoises are seriously threatened by introduced animals (wild goats, rats and cats), which the park has been working to eradicate. The tortoise preserve and captive breeding program was developed to insure the continuation of the subspecies.



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Om de San Cristobal Schildpad (Geochelone chathensis), ondersoort van de Galapagos schildpad, te behouden werd in 2002 een reservaat aangelegd in een 12 hectare tellende droog bos. De San Cristobal Schildpadden worden ernstig bedreigd door geïntroduceerd dieren zoals: wilde geiten, ratten en katten, op het eilanden worden maatregelen getroffen om deze uit te roeien. Het schildpad reservaat en kweekprogramma is opgezet om het voortbestaan van deze ondersoort te verzekeren.


Canon EOS 50D | Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM

1/320 sec | f/4.0 | 70 mm | iso 400 | -1/3 ev


On Explore Front Page and interestingness highest position: # 11 on October 11, 2011.

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