|There were once more than a hundred thousand|
of these giant tortoises in the Galapagos Islands.
(The Spanish sailors who discovered the islands in
1535 named them for these creatures; the Spanish for
tortoise is galàpago.) Now there are only about
15,000 of them left, and they are fiercely protected.
This venerable old fellow lives the good life at
the Charles Darwin Research Station.
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