National Geographic News: Galapagos

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The giant tortoise, or galapago in Spanish, for which the islands were named, can weigh up to 700 pounds (300 kilograms). Eleven subspecies of the giant tortoise live on the islands today.

In Traveler magazines April issue, writer Matthew Chapman, a direct descendant of Charles Darwin, explores the Galápagos Islands to find out what might become of this remote animal sanctuary—where his great-great-grandfathers theory of evolution first took root—in light of modern pressures.
Text by Heather Morgan, Photograph by Mattias Klum
 
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