APTOPIX Ecuador Galapagos Tortoises

In this photo taken Dec. 9, 2012, a young tortoise walks towards a pocket of light at the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center of the Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Research Station, on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos, Ecuador. Bred in captivity, the tortoise, that is part of a breeding and repatriation program, will eventually be released into the wild. The program was created in the 1960’s in response to dramatic reductions in the tortoise population due to arrival of humans to the islands. The breeding center now hosts more than 1,000 tortoises from the islands of Santa Cruz, Santiago, Pinzon, and Espanola. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

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