Tortoises In The Galápagos Face Greatest Threats In Decades, Despite Laws Against Killing Them

Tortoises In The Galápagos Face Greatest Threats In Decades, Despite Laws Against Killing Them

As many as 2,000 unique species make their home in the Galápagos Islands. These animals cannot be found anywhere else, and are growing increasingly rare. Among those animals are several species of giant tortoises, as Natural Habitat Adventures reports, herbivorous reptiles that can weigh around 600 pounds and live up to 120 years. Tortoises are […]

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More Than 1.1 Million Sea Turtles Poached Between 1990 and 2020, Study Finds

More Than 1.1 Million Sea Turtles Poached Between 1990 and 2020, Study Finds

Nearly all species of sea turtles are considered endangered, according to WWF. Despite this, people have continued to poach them for food, medicine and luxury goods in astonishing numbers. The first ever global assessment of illegal sea turtle hunting to consider multiple countries and regions, published in Global Change Biology Wednesday, found that more than […]

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4 Galápagos Tortoises Found Dead in Ecuador Believed to be Hunted For Meat

4 Galápagos Tortoises Found Dead in Ecuador Believed to be Hunted For Meat

Ecuador is investigating the deaths of 4 Galápagos tortoises that they believe were hunted and eaten. Although killing Galápagos giant tortoises has been prohibited since 1933, the population continues to decline. Experts estimate that there are only about 15,000 giant tortoises left compared to a whopping 200,000 in the 1800s. The carcasses were found on […]

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