Photo safari – giant tortoise

By Ed Yong | May 9, 2010 1:08 pm

Giant_tortoise

Photographed at Perth Zoo

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  1. Makes me wonder about the ecology of the extinct meiolaniids, which apparently were quite tortoise-like. Given that Aldabra tortoises have been introduced to other islands in the Indian Ocean as proxies for the extinct tortoise species that once inhabited these other islands (partly to clear non-native vegetation and restore original island habitats), perhaps giant tortoises could be used in a similar fashion in Australia*.

    *Under controlled, semi-captive conditions, of course.

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