The Galapagos Islands are famous throughout the world, and rightly so. The combination of history, location weather and spectacular wildlife is hard to beat. Tourists are fascinated. But not everything is quite as it might, or should be. There’s a pressing need to conserve the archipelago’s unique fauna, and the famous Galapagos giant tortoises are a fundamental example of a species that needs our protection. Found in only one other part of the world — a small archipelago in the Indian Ocean — these majestic animals are the most symbolic of all the islands’ wildlife, and where the Galapagos’ Islands get their name.
But, incredible as it may seem, Galapagos tortoises were on the brink of extinction only a few years ago.