Galapagos Giant Tortoise Races: There
are 14 described subspecies of the Galapagos tortoise of which 11
still exist but only 3 of these are reproducing at a rate that means
they will survive in the long term.
The Galapagos Tortoise had no natural enemies but Rats, Dogs, Pigs and
Goats have been introduced onto their islands. These are destroying
the habitat and eating the young and the eggs. Efforts are now
underway to eliminate these foreign invaders from the
captive breeding is underway to try to restore
the populations of the endangered races.
tortoise is a generalized herbivore feeding on grasses, vines, cactus
fruit, and other vegetation. In the zoo they eat natural grasses,
bananas, apples, papayas and lettuce.