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Path of the Giant Tortoises (Elementary Version)

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Grade Level: Gr 4-6
Producer: Ocean Films
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 33 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2006
Available in French: No

PART I - NATURE: What was life like for the Giant Tortoises before humans came into their world? See the tortoises in their natural habitats, and spend some time learning about the fascinating biology of the oldest living reptiles in history. Also, get a glimpse of another natural element in the Galapagos: people. How did the first visitors and residents of Galapagos respond to these giant creatures? You'll meet the key players in the National Park Service and Charles Darwin Research Station. Hear them talk about the human history on the islands, and why these tortoises are now considered endangered. --- PART II - INTERVENTIONS: Travel through the world of conservation with the Park Rangers and biologists of Galapagos. They'll introduce you to the actions being taken to save the Giant Tortoises from extinction. Explore Isabela's Tortoise Breeding Center, and even watch as a mother tortoise gives birth! --- PART III - EVOLUTION: Meet the children and educators on Isabela, and find out what they are learning from the tortoises' wisdom. We'll visit Campo Duro, a tortoise repatriation effort from local resident and farm owner, Wilfrido Michuy. Be inspired by real people who are finding a way to live successfully within their delicate ecosystem. NOTE: The producer is willing to come to your school and do a presentation of the film with a talk afterwards. This offer is limited to locations that are within 250 km of Toronto.