The Galapagos Giant Tortoise is an animal featured in Zoo Tycoon 2: Endangered Species. It is the largest living Tortoise in the world and can weigh up to 880 lbs. One of the Galapagos giant tortoise's favorite foods is the Prickly Pear cactus.

Although it looks big and heavy, the Galapagos giant tortoise is water placeable and can swim.

Huge numbers of these tortoises were killed by the crews of whaling ships during the early 19th century. Today, these giant tortoises are threatened by many of the animals that humans have introduced to the Galapagos Islands, including pigs that eat tortoise eggs, rats that eat hatchlings, and goats that eat vegetation that tortoises rely on for food.

Some people's games can suffer from a glitch that causes Zoo Tycoon 2 to crash if a Galapagos giant tortoise is placed in their zoo. The only way to fix this is to avoid using the Giant tortoise in-game.


  • The Galapagos giant tortoise is unpopular with many players due to its slow speed which takes it longer to reach food and water sources.
  • The Galapagos giant tortoise, along with the African spurred tortoise, Leatherback Sea Turtle and Green Sea Turtle are the only official tortoises and turtles in Zoo Tycoon 2.
  • As with many animals in Zoo Tycoon 2 DS, the location of the Galapagos Giant Tortoise is incorrect.

Trivia not relevant for the game

  • In reality the Galapagos giant tortoise is a different colour to that depicted in-game.


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