Slow Today, #Philadelphiazoo, Philadelphia PA

Today the Galapagos tortoise is a protected species, with a variety of subspecies according to island of origin, in its natural habitat on the islands off the coast of Ecuador.  During the nineteenth century, this tortoise, which could live aboard ships for months without eating or drinking, was used as a food source and the population declined.  To restore the population, the tortoises were protected on the Galapagos Islands.  Here, we enjoy a break from the cold weather to watch the slow moving tortoises in the warm Reptile and Amphibian House.