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Galapagos Giant Tortoises

Galapagos Giant Tortoises Book
Author : N.A
Publisher : Academic Press
Release : 2020-11-07
ISBN : 0128175559
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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

The Natural History of the Galapagos Giant Tortoise

The Natural History of the Galapagos Giant Tortoise Book
Author : Cruz Marquez
Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release : 2019-02-04
ISBN : 9781719223959
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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 Book
Author : Paul Chambers
Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
Release : 2006
ISBN : 9780195223965
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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.

Giant Gal pagos Tortoise

Giant Gal  pagos Tortoise Book
Author : Tammy Gagne
Publisher : ABDO
Release : 2016-12-15
ISBN : 1680798510
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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.

Gal pagos Tortoises

Gal  pagos Tortoises Book
Author : Rebecca E. Hirsch
Publisher : Lerner Publications
Release : 2015-10-01
ISBN : 1467782793
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Find out what a Galápagos tortoise has in common with a shingleback lizard. Discover what sets a Galápagos tortoise apart from a copperhead snake. Readers will compare and contrast key traits of Galápagos tortoises—their appearance, behavior, habitat, and life cycle—to similar and different reptiles. Charts and sidebars support key ideas and provide details. Through gathering information about similarities and differences, readers will make connections and draw conclusions about what makes this animal a reptile and how reptiles are alike and different from each other.

The Last Tortoise

The Last Tortoise Book
Author : Craig Britton Stanford
Publisher : Harvard University Press
Release : 2010
ISBN : 9780674049925
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Tortoises may be the first family of higher animals to become extinct in the coming decades. They are losing the survival race because of what distinguishes them, in particular their slow, steady pace of life and reproduction. The Last Tortoise offers an introduction to these remarkable animals and the extraordinary adaptations that have allowed them to successfully populate a diverse range of habitats—from deserts to islands to tropical forests. The shields that protect their shoulders and ribs have helped them evade predators. They are also safeguarded by their extreme longevity and long period of fertility. Craig Stanford details how human predation has overcome these evolutionary advantages, extinguishing several species and threatening the remaining forty-five. At the center of this beautifully written work is Stanford's own research in the Mascarene and Galapagos Islands, where the plight of giant tortoise populations illustrates the threat faced by all tortoises. He addresses unique survival problems, from genetic issues to the costs and benefits of different reproductive strategies. Though the picture Stanford draws is bleak, he offers reason for hope in the face of seemingly inevitable tragedy. Like many intractable environmental problems, extinction is not manifest destiny. Focusing on tortoise nurseries and breeding facilities, the substitution of proxy species for extinct tortoises, and the introduction of species to new environments, Stanford's work makes a persuasive case for the future of the tortoise in all its rich diversity.

On the Backs of Tortoises

On the Backs of Tortoises Book
Author : Elizabeth Hennessy
Publisher : Yale University Press
Release : 2019-10-29
ISBN : 0300249152
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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.

Darwin s Tortoise

Darwin s Tortoise Book
Author : Robin Stewart
Publisher : Black Inc.
Release : 2006-03
ISBN : 9781863953733
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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.

Animal Records

Animal Records Book
Author : Mark Carwardine,Natural History Museum (London, England)
Publisher : Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
Release : 2008
ISBN : 9781402756238
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Provides information about the animal winners of such records as tallest, most dangerous, longest living, and fastest runner, in a guide divided into such categories as mammals, birds, and invertebrates.

International Wildlife Encyclopedia Tree squirrel water spider

International Wildlife Encyclopedia  Tree squirrel   water spider Book
Author : Maurice Burton,Robert Burton
Publisher : Marshall Cavendish
Release : 2002
ISBN : 9780761472865
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This twenty-two volume set presents the appearance and behavior of thousands of species of animals along with species population and prospects for survival in a arranged alphabetically and easy-to-read format.

The Conservation Biology of Tortoises

The Conservation Biology of Tortoises Book
Author : Ian Richard Swingland,Michael W. Klemens,IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group
Publisher : IUCN
Release : 1989
ISBN : 2880329868
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Famous Tortoises

Famous Tortoises Book
Author : Justin Gerlach
Publisher :
Release : 1998
ISBN : 0953378705
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Galapagos Means Tortoises

Galapagos Means Tortoises Book
Author : N.A
Publisher : Gibbs Smith
Release : 2003
ISBN : 1578051010
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Now in paperback! "The fluent play with words, humorous commentary, and fine pictures offer pleasing fare for reading aloud. . . ." -School Library Journal In verse that sings with lively cadences and rollicking rhymes, award-winning author and illustrator Ruth Heller has captured the spirit and antics of twelve of the Galápagos Islands' most unusual and fascinating creatures. Now available in paperback, this lavishly illustrated gallery showcases the giant tortoises for which the islands were named, as well as sea lions, both land and marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs, and several kinds of sea birds, including the rare and exotic blue-footed boobies! While the poems and pictures are plenty of fun, they also convey a wealth of information about these creatures' habits and habitats, along with a lively sense of their presence. This one-of-a-kind volume is sure to enchant wildlife lovers of all ages. Ruth Heller is one of America's best-loved children's authors. Known for her nonfiction picture books with clever rhymes and colorful illustrations, she has more than thirty titles to her credit. Heller lives in San Francisco.

In the Galapagos Islands with Herman Melville the Encantadas Or Enchanted Isles

In the Galapagos Islands with Herman Melville  the Encantadas Or Enchanted Isles Book
Author : Herman Melville,Lynn Michelsohn
Publisher : Cleanan Press Inc
Release : 2011-02
ISBN : 0977161404
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Sail to the exotic Galapagos Islands with Herman Melville, author of "Moby-Dick." Let History and Legend, Fiction and Fact, Myth and Mystery swirl around you as you enter "The Encantadas," a unique island world stretching along our planet's Equator. Discover teeming seabird rookeries, stark volcanic landscapes, and world famous giant tortoises . . . Meet buccaneers and explorers, colonists and castaways, whalers and naturalists . . . Explore these Enchanted Isles with one of America's greatest writers . . . Enrich your once-in-a-lifetime visit to . . . The Galapagos Islands. Travelers have been arriving in the Galapagos Islands since at least 1535. While naturalist Charles Darwin made these volcanic peaks famous, Spanish explorers, English buccaneers, American whalers, Ecuadorian colonists, and a United States President all put in appearances here over the centuries. Herman Melville was one such visitor. He first glimpsed the Galapagos Islands as a young seaman on the whaler "Acushnet" out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Years later, after the failure of his novel "Moby-Dick," he tried to regain his lost popularity with the reading public by writing a series ten of magazine sketches recalling the strange worlds he found in these Enchanted Isles. This current book was created for today's visitor-or armchair visitor. Bring it with you, or read it before you leave home. Enhance your enjoyment of the Galapagos Islands with these glimpses of its captivating natural and human history written over 150 years ago by that famous fellow traveler. Discover . . . - Herman Melville's ten sketches called "The Encantadas or Enchanted Isles." - Forty of Moses Michelsohn's striking b&w photographs (in color in the ebook) from the Galapagos islands: birds, iguanas, giant tortoises, sea lions, exotic plants, and volcanic landscapes. - Lynn Michelsohn's introduction to the work, and to each individual sketch. Enjoy your visit to the Galapagos Islands! About the Authors Herman Melville wrote in the genre that has been called "dark romanticism." "The Encantadas," like "Moby-Dick" (considered by many to be the best novel ever written) and his well respected novella "Billy Budd," draws on his shipboard experiences in the South Seas as a young man. Lynn Michelsohn has written such diverse books as "Roswell, Your Travel Guide to the UFO Capital of the World!" and "Gullah Ghosts, Stories and Folktales from the South Carolina Lowcountry." Her longstanding interests in both the Galapagos Islands and Herman Melville led to this work. Like Melville, biologist and wildlife photographer Moses Michelsohn found tortoises on the Galapagos Islands fascinating. Tree frogs in Ecuador, Costa Rica, and the southeastern United States remain his primary research interest, however.

A Lifetime in Gal pagos

A Lifetime in Gal  pagos Book
Author : Tui De Roy
Publisher : Princeton University Press
Release : 2020-07-21
ISBN : 0691194998
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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A beautifully illustrated and deeply personal chronicle of De Roy's lifelong connection with these spectacular islands Tui De Roy was a year old in 1955 when her family left Europe, boarding a banana boat bound for the Pacific to lead a different sort of life in Galápagos, one of self-sufficiency and living close to nature. She grew up on the islands and returned to them often over the next five decades. Discovering photography at a young age, she has dedicated her life to recording the islands' natural history in infinite detail. A Lifetime in Galápagos is De Roy's intimate portrait of one of the most spectacular places on Earth, presenting the wildlife and natural wonders of Galápagos as you have never seen them before. Featuring hundreds of breathtaking color photos, this stunning book guides you into labyrinthine mangroves to observe nesting herons, to misty cloud forests to glimpse flycatchers and orchids, high onto erupting volcanoes, and into the ocean to swim with hammerhead sharks. De Roy's lens provides up-close encounters with orca and sperm whales, colonies of iguanas, and the giant tortoises of Alcedo Volcano. She paints unforgettable portraits of her childhood in Galápagos—the islands at night under the stars of the Milky Way, sea lions at play and on the hunt, the diverse birdlife of Galápagos, and much more. Blending striking images with vivid prose, A Lifetime in Galápagos also discusses the threats that global warming and other environmental challenges pose to the archipelago's unique wildlife and fragile habitats.

The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands Book
Author : William Russell
Publisher : Rourke Publishing Group
Release : 1994
ISBN : 9781559160315
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Describes the wildlife, history, and geography of the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Affair

The Galapagos Affair Book
Author : John E Treherne
Publisher : Random House
Release : 2011-06-30
ISBN : 1446467880
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Over half-a-century ago fanciful and exotic stories began to appear in the world's press about settlers on the remote Galapagos island of Floreana. The tales were of nudism, free love communes, stainless steel dentures - a latter-day Garden of Eden. But the truth was even stranger. Friedrich Ritter, an eccentric German intellectual, and his long-suffering companion Dora Strauch, were the first arrivals. Once established, they were soon joined by others. Most bizarre and dangerous was the self-styled Baroness Wagner-Bosquet. She ruled her three young male lovers with a riding crop, a pearl-handled revolver and insatiable sexual demands - terrorising other settlers. Her mysterious disappearance and the discovery of unidentified bodies on a nearby island perplexed the world. Now The Galapagos Affair unravels the whole incredible story.

Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands Book
Author : iMinds
Publisher : iMinds Pty Ltd
Release : 2009
ISBN : 1921798327
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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BOOST the World of Turtles Coloring Book

BOOST the World of Turtles Coloring Book Book
Author : Claude Thivierge
Publisher : Courier Corporation
Release : 2013-08-21
ISBN : 048649442X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Explore every facet of a turtle's world in a coloring book that's absolutely unique! Thirty accurate images illustrate species from the Galapagos to the loggerhead, their lush habitats, and the stages of their life cycles. Free Teacher's Manual available. Grades: 3–5.