I spent a couple of days learning about the Galápagos Island giant tortoises when I took a trip to the islands. The turtles were prized for their meat and shells which resulted in their near extinction in the 19th century. There were once thousands of these wonderful and beautiful creatures living on the islands. So many that the islands name came from the turtle name Galápagos.
I have always been fascinated by these creatures! Another perfect creation by our Heavenly Father! He made them resilient! Resilience is the quality of being able to adapt to stressful life changes and “bouncing back” from hardship. There are many stories and verses in the Bible about resilience. Our Creator provided nature to help us learn about Him and His character. These quite giants attest to how our Creator creates perfection.
The Galápagos Islands are a chain of volcanic islands off the coast of Ecuador, in South America, they can often grow over 6 feet long weighing up to 800 pounds. The oldest recorded is said to have been at least 170 years. These giant creatures can also go very long periods of time without any food or water.It is estimated that only 15,000 wild tortoises live on the islands today.
The Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative (GTRI) is a collaborative effort led by Galapagos Conservancy and the Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD). The long-term goal of the initiative is to restore tortoise populations to their historical distribution and numbers across Galapagos, including on islands where tortoises went extinct. This historic effort is composed of four main components:
I believe these giant tortoises roamed the earth before the big flood!