Tag: Giant tortoise

Love The Dragons In 'Game Of Thrones'? The Sound They're Making Is Based On Mating Calls Of Giant Tortoises

Want to hear the mating moans of giant tortoises? Tune in to 'Game of Thrones' because Drogon's soft purrs to Danaerys are actually inspired by the sounds tortoises make while having sex.

Animals April 10, 2019

World's Oldest Tortoise Gets First Bath After 184 Years

Jonathan the giant tortoise has finally taken his first bath. Nearly two centuries worth of dirt was removed from the world's oldest living land animal in preparation for an anticipated Royal visit to the British territory of St. Helena.

Animals March 29, 2016

What Humans Can Learn From 183-Year-Old Jonathan The Tortoise's New Rejuvenating Diet

An aging and nutrition deficient tortoise gets a new lease on life after being given a nutritious high-calorie diet since 2014. Check out how humans can use a similar strategy to regain their health even in old age.

Life January 10, 2016

New Tortoise Species In The Galapagos Islands Went Unidentified For More Than A Century

Giant tortoises on the Galapagos island of Santa Cruz, long thought to all be the same species, are in fact two separate ones, researchers find. Although visually almost identical, genetic studies show one group is a new, previously-unidentified species.

October 22, 2015

Giant tortoises make comeback on Galapagos

A conservation effort to bring back the giant tortoises of Espanola Island in the Galapagos began about 40 years ago. Now, the tortoise population in the island has been stabilized, conservationists say.

Earth/Environment October 28, 2014

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