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Ecuador Investigates Alleged Poaching of Four Galápagos Tortoises

Ecuador Investigates Alleged Poaching of Four Galápagos Tortoises

There were once so many giant tortoises living on Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands that Spanish explorers named the archipelago after the Spanish world for tortoise — galápago — when they first explored it in 1535, according to National Geographic. Yet hunting caused their numbers to plummet from at least 250,000 hundreds of years ago to only […]

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    Ecuador Investigates Alleged Poaching of Four Galápagos Tortoises

    Ecuador Investigates Alleged Poaching of Four Galápagos Tortoises

    There were once so many giant tortoises living on Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands that Spanish explorers named the archipelago after the Spanish world for tortoise — galápago — when they first explored it in 1535, according to National Geographic. Yet hunting caused their numbers to plummet from at least 250,000 hundreds of years ago to only […]