Galapagos Giant Tortoise Geochelone elephantopus Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz

These tortoises have been incubated and have been living and cared for in a manner similar to their natural habitat at the Charles Darwin Research Station. They will be repatriated to their islands of origin when they are six years old and have reached the size deemed safer for them to survive in the wild. Feral pigs, dogs, cats and black rats have become predators of tortoise eggs and donkeys and cattle can trample their nest sites while grazing.