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Giant Galapagos tortoises used to a symbol for endangered animals. In the 1960s, there just 15 of the animals in existence. They were out because wild goats were their food and their habitat. This conservationists to action to help them. Forty years later, the tortoises are well. There are over 1,000 of them living and breeding in the wild. Scientists say it is a conservation success story. Conservationist James Gibb said: "What we basically over time is that about half of the tortoises that were have ." Mr Gibbs added: "That’s actually pretty amazing." Gibbs said the tortoises can now survive without human help.

Giant tortoises used to all over the world. People them and their habitat, so they almost became extinct. Giant tortoise numbers from over 250,000 in the 16th century to just a few thousand in the 1970s. Giant tortoises can up to 250 kg and can in the wild for over 100 years. One tortoise in captivity for more than 170 years. Wikipedia says: "Tortoises also live very uncomplicated lives, and can up to 16 hours a day." Mr Gibbs said the conservation story in the Galapagos Islands would . Next year, a small island that all of its tortoises a few years ago will get 200 tortoises. Gibbs is forward to "another success".

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