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

Giant tortoises used to live all over the . People hunted them and destroyed their , so they almost became . Giant tortoise numbers fell from over 250,000 in the 16th century to just a few in the 1970s. Giant tortoises can weigh up to 250 kg and can live in the wild for over 100 years. One tortoise lived in for more than 170 years. Wikipedia says: "Tortoises also live very uncomplicated , and can nap up to 16 hours a day." Mr Gibbs said the story in the Galapagos Islands would continue. Next year, a small that lost all of its tortoises a few years ago will get 200 tortoises. Gibbs is looking to " success".

 
 

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