Collected by Sir Charles Darwin in 1835, Harriet was once the oldest living animal on the planet. She gives biologists an insight into the potential longevity of giant tortoise species, and also into the damage potentially already done in distorting the age structure of existing populations. Many tortoises were killed during the early exploration years when sailors would collect them and use them for food. These disruptions could have extreme effects on the future breeding processes of wild populations.
Today the value of this species is widely appreciated and acknowledged. It is hoped that with the popularity of ecotourism on the Galapagos Islands, the government will enforce the protection of the islands and its surrounding oceans. Australia Zoo continues to play a major part in educating people about this magnificent animal and promoting the conservation of Galapagos Giant Land Tortoises in the wild.
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