Jan. 15, 2020

The Galapagos National Park called off the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative (GTRI), a captive breeding programme of the National Park as the tortoise population has gone up from 15 to 2,000.


  • Common Name: Galápagos Tortoise

  • Scientific Name: Chelonoidis nigra

  • Distribution: The Galápagos tortoises are native to seven of the Galápagos Islands, part of Ecuador, located about 1,000 km west of the Ecuadorian mainland.

  • Average Life Span:With lifespans in the wild of over 100 years, it is one of the longest-lived vertebrates.

  • Weight: They are the largest living species of tortoise. Modern Galápagos tortoises can weigh up to 417 kg.

  • IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable. 

  • It is listed on Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.