Galapagos Giant Tortoise - Saddleback form (Geochelone elephantophus hoodensis)
Charles Darwin Research Station. Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, ECUADOR. South America
This species is from Española or Hood Island. They have a very pronounced saddleback carapace. This is one fo the conservation sucess stories. In 1964 the entire population consisted of 3 males and 12 females. They were taken to the Charlse Darwin Research Station in 1965 and were the first tortoises to be bred in captivity. By 2000 the 1,000 young tortoise had been released back on Espaõla.