The Galapagos Giant Tortoise is probably the archipelago’s most well-known resident. In fact, the island itself is named after them! Galapago is an old Spanish word for Tortoise. The Galapagos Giant Tortoise is the largest living species of tortoise in the world and can weigh upwards of 400kg. While giant tortoise numbers are increasing, the animals remain under threat from human impact to the ecosystem including the ongoing harmful effects of plastic in our oceans, so you know that reusable coffee cup you’ve been meaning to buy? Buy it stat.