You know the fable: the incredibly slow, but steady tortoise, always wins. But in reality, our hard-shelled reptile friends are rapidly losing the extinction race. From the four-inch creatures found in backyards, to the great tortoises of the oceanic islands of the Pacific and Indian Oceans – turtles are vulnerable to the same intransigent threats. The risks are many, but biologist Craig Stanford says there are solutions. What can be done to save this threatened species? And why are tortoises and turtles so important?
Craig Stanford, author of The Last Tortoise: A Tale of Extinction in Our Lifetime (Harvard University Press). He is a professor in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Anthropology at the University of Southern California (USC).