Unfortunately, many subspecies of giant tortoise are classified as either vulnerable or endangered, while some are already extinct. In fact, last remaining Pinta Island Giant Tortoise named Lonesome George passed away in 2012, officially categorizing the subspecies as extinct. The worldwide population for giant tortoises, all subspecies included, is estimated to be around 20,000 individuals.
- Recommended Age: 3
- Size in cm: 8 L x 5.5 W x 5 H
- Size in inches: 3.15 L x 2.17 W x 1.97 H
- UPC: 095866272500
Both species of giant tortoises are officially classified as Vulnerable, although Galapagos giant tortoises are in danger of extinction. The main threats to these species include human poaching and the presence of invasive species, such as wild pigs and goats, which removes vegetation and leaves nests exposed to predators. Conservation efforts for both species have gained increasing support in recent years.