The Last Tortoise

“Tortoises are in trouble. After 65 million years of peaceful plodding, they’ve been overtaken by modern humans, who are destroying their habitat, abducting them as pets and consuming them as food and medicine. The result is an imminent mass extinction: Unless humans slow their depredations, the 45 tortoise species that remain will disappear permanently.”

Greg Ross reviews Craig B. Stanford’s The Last Tortoise: A Tale of Extinction in Our Lifetime for American Scientist.

“Without our impact on the Earth there would be no twenty-first century mass extinction looming. And now that it is upon us, we are the only salvation for those same victims.”

Aldabra Giant Tortoise (Bristol Zoo, UK)

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Published in: on June 10, 2010 at 4:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

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