Galapagos Giant Tortoises

Galapagos Giant Tortoises
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Academic Press
Total Pages: 536
Release: 2020-11-07
ISBN 10: 0128175559
ISBN 13: 9780128175552
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Galapagos Giant Tortoises Book Review:

Galapagos Giant Tortoises brings together researchers and conservationists to share the most up-to-date knowledge of Galapagos giant tortoises. Despite being icons of the world-famous Galapagos Archipelago and the target of more than 50 years of conservation research and management, Galapagos giant tortoise evolution and much of their ecology remained unknown until recently. This book documents the history, the pressing conservation issues, and success stories recovering several of the 15 different species of Galapagos tortoises from near extinction. The book begins with an overview of the history of the relationship between humans and Galapagos giant tortoises, starting from initial heavy exploitation of tortoises by pirates and whalers, and extending to the start of the modern conservation era in the 1960s. The book then shifts to biology, describing Galapagos tortoise evolution, taxonomy, ecology, habitats, reproduction, and behavior. Next the decades of conservation efforts and their results are reviewed, including issues of captive breeding, invasive species, introduced diseases, and de-extinction, as well as the current status and distribution of every species. The final portion of the book turns to four case studies of restoration, and then looks ahead to the future of all tortoise populations.The latest volume in the Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscape series, Galapagos Giant Tortoises is a valuable resource for researchers and conservationists, as well as students of biology, wildlife conservation, and herpetology. Provides a comprehensive overview of the Galapagos giant tortoise species as written and edited by the world’s leading experts Presents examples of restoration of tortoise populations following the near extinction of many of them Describes conservation strategies to ensure the full recovery of all extant species Explores recent efforts using replacement tortoises for extinct species to restore island ecosystems

Galapagos Giant Tortoises

Galapagos Giant Tortoises
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Academic Press
Total Pages: 536
Release: 2020-11-25
ISBN 10: 0128175540
ISBN 13: 9780128175545
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Galapagos Giant Tortoises Book Review:

Galapagos Giant Tortoises brings together researchers and conservationists to share the most up-to-date knowledge of Galapagos giant tortoises. Despite being icons of the world-famous Galapagos Archipelago and the target of more than 50 years of conservation research and management, Galapagos giant tortoise evolution and much of their ecology remained unknown until recently. This book documents the history, the pressing conservation issues, and success stories recovering several of the 15 different species of Galapagos tortoises from near extinction. The book begins with an overview of the history of the relationship between humans and Galapagos giant tortoises, starting from initial heavy exploitation of tortoises by pirates and whalers, and extending to the start of the modern conservation era in the 1960s. The book then shifts to biology, describing Galapagos tortoise evolution, taxonomy, ecology, habitats, reproduction, and behavior. Next the decades of conservation efforts and their results are reviewed, including issues of captive breeding, invasive species, introduced diseases, and de-extinction, as well as the current status and distribution of every species. The final portion of the book turns to four case studies of restoration, and then looks ahead to the future of all tortoise populations.The latest volume in the Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscape series, Galapagos Giant Tortoises is a valuable resource for researchers and conservationists, as well as students of biology, wildlife conservation, and herpetology. Provides a comprehensive overview of the Galapagos giant tortoise species as written and edited by the world's leading experts Presents examples of restoration of tortoise populations following the near extinction of many of them Describes conservation strategies to ensure the full recovery of all extant species Explores recent efforts using replacement tortoises for extinct species to restore island ecosystems

Tracking Tortoises

Tracking Tortoises
Author: Kate Messner
Publsiher: Millbrook Press ™
Total Pages: 64
Release: 2021-09-07
ISBN 10: 1728436303
ISBN 13: 9781728436302
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Tracking Tortoises Book Review:

Galápagos giant tortoises are fascinating—and endangered. They live only on the Galápagos Islands, a chain of volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Ecuador. These tortoises face threats from the humans who live on—and visit—the islands, as well as from Earth's warming climate. Join author Kate Messner on an a journey to the Galápagos Islands to see these incredible creatures up close and discover how cutting-edge technology is helping scientists to study and protect them.

The Natural History of the Galapagos Giant Tortoise

The Natural History of the Galapagos Giant Tortoise
Author: Cruz Marquez
Publsiher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Total Pages: 444
Release: 2019-02-04
ISBN 10: 9781719223959
ISBN 13: 1719223955
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Natural History of the Galapagos Giant Tortoise Book Review:

The first tortoises to accidentally arrive in Galapagos 2-3 million years ago were able to adapt to their harsh environment, find one another, and establish themselves on at first one and then on at least ten islands. By the 1960's, centuries of exploitation by whalers, privateers, traders, collectors and colonists had all but eliminated these enormous lumbering beasts from the landscape. Thanks to the strenuous efforts of scientists and National Park staff, the Galapagos tortoise is once again facing a brighter future. One of these dedicated investigators, Cruz Márquez, has compiled over 40 years of research into this volume which will be an important source of information for scientists, students, naturalist guides, and conservation managers. Lavishly illustrated and including a great deal of previously published and unpublished data, this book addresses the following topics: From where did Galapagos tortoises originate? Which other tortoises are their nearest relatives? When and how did they arrive in Galapagos and spread throughout the islands? How and why did they become giants? What is known about their internal and external anatomy? Is it similar to that of marine turtles? What do giant tortoises eat? How do they adapt to different environments and seasons? Do they eat the same foods in captivity as in the wild? How do they then adapt to foraging in the wild? Do wild giant tortoises move over long distances? If so, why? Are they more active during daylight hours or at night? Why do Galapagos finches appear to feed on the skin of giant tortoises? Why are there so few opuntia cactus on Espanola Island? Is this connected to only 14 tortoises being found there in the 1970's? How do Galapagos tortoises reproduce? Do they form lasting pair bonds? Is it true that incubation temperatures can be manipulated to produce mainly male or mainly female offspring? How can we tell the difference? Do Galapagos tortoises have twins? Are there any albino tortoises? How does the fetus break through the shell? After hatching, how soon does the neonate leave the egg shell? What parasites do Galapagos tortoises have? How do these affect their health? Why are human beings responsible for the near extinction of Galapagos tortoises? What has been done for the conservation of Galapagos giant tortoises? What will be done in the future? What of Lonesome George? What efforts went into keeping the last of his species alive in captivity for almost forty years, and why? What can we learn from his death? The answers to these questions, and many more, can be found in this book.

A Sheltered Life

A Sheltered Life
Author: Paul Chambers
Publsiher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Total Pages: 306
Release: 2006
ISBN 10: 9780195223965
ISBN 13: 0195223969
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Sheltered Life Book Review:

For millennia the mighty giant tortoises lived in isolation on remote oceanic islands such as the Galapagos, Seychelles and Mauritius. Then in the sixteenth century sailors discovered that they were good to eat, and their strategic location led to a wholesale plunder of their population by passing ships. Later, many Victorian scientists became fascinated with these creatures, directly inspiring the first understanding of ecology and biogeography and Darwin's theory of natural selection. The giant tortoise was also the subject of the world's first conservation fight in the 1870s. Indeed many people's lives have been touched by these gentle giants. The French were happy to surrender the island of Mauritius in 1810, but baulked at handing over their mascot tortoise, and the British and American governments were forced to concede the tortoises in a major Cold War incident. The twentieth century saw the establishment of wildlife reserves in the Galapagos and elsewhere, but it has been too late for many species. However, modern genetics has been able to track down members of what were once believed to be extinct populations. A Sheltered Life is a fascinating look at one of the world's strangest and most wondrous animals--whose significance in modern science and culture cannot be underestimated.

Galapagos Giant Tortoise

Galapagos Giant Tortoise
Author: Grace C Morgan
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 26
Release: 2021-02
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: 9798703101537
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Galapagos Giant Tortoise Book Review:

Galapagos Giant Tortoises brings together researchers and conservationists to share the most up-to-date knowledge of Galapagos giant tortoises. Despite being icons of the world-famous Galapagos Archipelago and the target of more than 50 years of conservation research and management, Galapagos giant tortoise evolution and much of their ecology remained unknown until recently. This book documents the history, the pressing conservation issues, and success stories recovering several of the 15 different species of Galapagos tortoises from near extinction.The book begins with an overview of the history of the relationship between humans and Galapagos giant tortoises, starting from initial heavy exploitation of tortoises by pirates and whalers, and extending to the start of the modern conservation era in the 1960s. The book then shifts to biology, describing Galapagos tortoise evolution, taxonomy, ecology, habitats, reproduction, and behavior. Next the decades of conservation efforts and their results are reviewed, including issues of captive breeding, invasive species, introduced diseases, and de-extinction, as well as the current status and distribution of every species.

On the Backs of Tortoises

On the Backs of Tortoises
Author: Elizabeth Hennessy
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2019-10-29
ISBN 10: 0300249152
ISBN 13: 9780300249156
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

On the Backs of Tortoises Book Review:

An insightful exploration of the iconic Galápagos tortoises, and how their fate is inextricably linked to our own in a rapidly changing world The Galápagos archipelago is often viewed as a last foothold of pristine nature. For sixty years, conservationists have worked to restore this evolutionary Eden after centuries of exploitation at the hands of pirates, whalers, and island settlers. This book tells the story of the islands’ namesakes—the giant tortoises—as coveted food sources, objects of natural history, and famous icons of conservation and tourism. By doing so, it brings into stark relief the paradoxical, and impossible, goal of conserving species by trying to restore a past state of prehistoric evolution. The tortoises, Elizabeth Hennessy demonstrates, are not prehistoric, but rather microcosms whose stories show how deeply human and nonhuman life are entangled. In a world where evolution is thoroughly shaped by global history, Hennessy puts forward a vision for conservation based on reckoning with the past, rather than trying to erase it.

Tracking Tortoises

Tracking Tortoises
Author: Kate Messner
Publsiher: Millbrook Press (Tm)
Total Pages: 64
Release: 2021-09
ISBN 10: 9781541596115
ISBN 13: 1541596110
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Tracking Tortoises Book Review:

"Take a journey to the Galápagos Islands to see Galápagos giant tortoises up close and discover how cutting-edge technology is helping scientists study and protect these gentle giants. Page Plus links in the book lead to videos of scientists in the field"--

Restoring the Tortoise Dynasty

Restoring the Tortoise Dynasty
Author: Godfrey Merlen
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 53
Release: 1999
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UCSD:31822031074370
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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On the Backs of Tortoises

On the Backs of Tortoises
Author: Elizabeth Hennessy
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2019-10-29
ISBN 10: 0300232748
ISBN 13: 9780300232745
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

On the Backs of Tortoises Book Review:

An insightful exploration of the iconic Galápagos tortoises, and how their fate is inextricably linked to our own in a rapidly changing world The Galápagos archipelago is often viewed as a last foothold of pristine nature. For sixty years, conservationists have worked to restore this evolutionary Eden after centuries of exploitation at the hands of pirates, whalers, and island settlers. This book tells the story of the islands' namesakes--the giant tortoises--as coveted food sources, objects of natural history, and famous icons of conservation and tourism. By doing so, it brings into stark relief the paradoxical, and impossible, goal of conserving species by trying to restore a past state of prehistoric evolution. The tortoises, Elizabeth Hennessy demonstrates, are not prehistoric, but rather microcosms whose stories show how deeply human and nonhuman life are entangled. In a world where evolution is thoroughly shaped by global history, Hennessy puts forward a vision for conservation based on reckoning with the past, rather than trying to erase it.

Galapagos Tortoises

Galapagos Tortoises
Author: Rebecca E. Hirsch
Publsiher: Lernerclassroom
Total Pages: 32
Release: 2015-08
ISBN 10: 1467782785
ISBN 13: 9781467782784
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Galapagos Tortoises Book Review:

This title compares and contrasts key traits of Galpagos tortoises.

Giant Gal pagos Tortoise

Giant Gal  pagos Tortoise
Author: Tammy Gagne
Publsiher: ABDO
Total Pages: 48
Release: 2016-12-15
ISBN 10: 1680798510
ISBN 13: 9781680798517
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Giant Gal pagos Tortoise Book Review:

Giant Galápagos tortoises have roamed the Galápagos Islands for thousands of years, but these creatures almost disappeared from their tropical habitat. Giant Galápagos Tortoise describes the world's largest tortoise, how sailors and invasive species caused its population to dwindle, and how habitat preservation and captive breeding have helped save the species. Easy-to-read text, vivid images, and helpful back matter give readers a clear look at this subject. Features include a table of contents, infographics, a glossary, additional resources, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Core Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.

Galapagos George

Galapagos George
Author: Jean Craighead George
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 40
Release: 2014-04-08
ISBN 10: 9780060287931
ISBN 13: 0060287934
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Galapagos George Book Review:

This is the story of the famous Lonesome George, a giant tortoise who was the last of his species, lived to be one hundred years old, and became known as the rarest creature in the world. His story gives us a glimpse of the amazing creatures inhabiting the ever-fascinating Galápagos Islands. Renowned naturalist and bestselling author of the Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves and the critically acclaimed Everglades Jean Craighead George once again introduces children to the wonders of the natural world in this incredible evolution story set in the Galápagos Islands. The back matter features key terms, a timeline, and further resources for research. Supports the Common Core State Standards.

Lonesome George

Lonesome George
Author: Henry Nicholls
Publsiher: Palgrave Macmillan
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2006-04-04
ISBN 10: 0230552250
ISBN 13: 9780230552258
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lonesome George Book Review:

Lonesome George is a 5ft long, 200lb tortoise aged between 60 and 200. In 1971 he was discovered on the remote Galapagos island of Pinta, from which tortoises had supposedly been exterminated by greedy whalers and seal hunters. He has been at the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz island ever since, on the off-chance that scientific ingenuity will conjure up a way of reproducing him and resurrecting his species. Meanwhile a million tourists and dozens of baffled scientists have looked on as the celebrity reptile shows not a jot of interest in the female company provided. Today, Lonesome George has come to embody the mystery, complexity and fragility of the unique Galapagos archipelago. His story echoes the challenges of conservation worldwide; it is a story of Darwin, sexual dysfunction, adventure on the high seas, cloning, DNA fingerprinting and eco-tourism.

The Conservation Biology of Tortoises

The Conservation Biology of Tortoises
Author: Ian Richard Swingland,Michael W. Klemens,IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group
Publsiher: IUCN
Total Pages: 204
Release: 1989
ISBN 10: 2880329868
ISBN 13: 9782880329860
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands
Author: Charles Darwin,E. Janet Browne,Michael Neue
Publsiher: Penguin Group USA
Total Pages: 64
Release: 1996
ISBN 10: 9780146001444
ISBN 13: 0146001443
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Take Your Time

Take Your Time
Author: Eva Furrow,Donna Jo Napoli
Publsiher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)
Total Pages: 32
Release: 2017-04-11
ISBN 10: 1250160766
ISBN 13: 9781250160768
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Take Your Time Book Review:

Harriet the tortoise likes to do things slowly. She explores her home on the Galápagos Islands—slowly. She eats—slowly. And when the sun goes down, she slumbers deeply all night long. When Harriet’s friends tell her to pick up the pace, Harriet decides to journey to a neighboring island to see what there is to see. She parades with penguins and rides with dolphins, encountering adventure at every turn. But is life in the fast lane right for a tortoise who loves to take her time?

Lost Land of the Dodo

Lost Land of the Dodo
Author: Anthony Cheke,Julian P. Hume
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2009-01-01
ISBN 10: 1408108828
ISBN 13: 9781408108826
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lost Land of the Dodo Book Review:

The Mascarene islands in the southern Indian Ocean - Mauritius, Réunion and Rodrigues - were once home to an extraordinary range of birds and reptiles. Evolving on these isolated volcanic islands in the absence of mammalian predators or competitors, the land was dominated by giant tortoises, parrots, skinks and geckos, burrowing boas, flightless rails & herons, and of course (in Mauritius) the Dodo. Uninhabited and only discovered in the 1500s, colonisation by European settlers in the 1600s led to dramatic changes in the ecology of the islands; the birds and tortoises were slaughtered indiscriminately while introduced rats, cats, pigs and monkeys destroyed their eggs, the once-extensive forests logged, and invasive introduced plants from all over the tropics devastated the ecosystem. The now-familiar icon of extinction, the Dodo, was gone from Mauritius within 50 years of human settlement, and over the next 150 years many of the Mascarenes' other native vertebrates followed suit. The product of over 30 years research by Anthony Cheke, Lost Land of the Dodo provides a comprehensive yet hugely enjoyable account of the story of the islands' changing ecology, interspersed with human stories, the islands' biogeographical anomalies, and much else. Many French publications, old and new, especially for Réunion, are discussed and referenced in English for the first time. The book is richly illustrated with maps and contemporary illustrations of the animals and their environment, many of which have rarely been reprinted before. Illustrated box texts look in detail at each extinct vertebrate species, while Julian Hume's superb colour plates bring many of the extinct birds to life. Lost Land of the Dodo provides the definitive account of this tragic yet remarkable fauna, and is a must-read for anyone interested in islands, their ecology and the history of our relationship with the world around us.

The Photo Ark

The Photo Ark
Author: Joel Sartore
Publsiher: National Geographic Books
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2017
ISBN 10: 1426217773
ISBN 13: 9781426217777
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Photo Ark Book Review:

This lush book of photography represents National Geographic's Photo Ark, a major cross-platform initiative and lifelong project by photographer Joel Sartore to make portraits of the world's animals-especially those that are endangered. His powerful message, conveyed with humor, compassion, and art- to know these animals is to save them.Sartore intends to photograph every animal in captivity in the world. He is circling the globe, visiting zoos and wildlife rescue centers to create studio portraits of 12,000 species, with an emphasis on those facing extinction. He has photographed more than 6,000 already and now, thanks to a multi-year partnership with National Geographic, he may reach his goal. This book showcases his animal portraits- from tiny to mammoth, from the Florida grasshopper sparrow to the greater one-horned rhinoceros. Paired with the eloquent prose of veteran wildlife writer Douglas Chadwick, this book presents a thought-provoking argument for saving all the species of our planet.

Darwin s Tortoise

Darwin s Tortoise
Author: Robin Stewart
Publsiher: Black Inc.
Total Pages: 150
Release: 2006-03
ISBN 10: 9781863953733
ISBN 13: 1863953736
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Darwin s Tortoise Book Review:

Here is the remarkable true story of Charles Darwin's tortoise - Harriet - reputed to be the world's oldest living creature. Now living at Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo in Queensland, 175-year old Harriet was shipped by Darwin from the Galapagos Islands to England. From wintry London to the warm humidity of Brisbane, Harriet travelled oceans and highways before finally finding a permanent home at Australia Zoo. Market range- children 11+, non-fiction. Story recently reported in The Herald Sun(Aus), The Courier Mail(Aus), The Times(UK), The Daily Record(Glasgow), Web Indiaand The Falkland Islands Network.