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A sculpture commemorates "Harriet", the giant Galapagos Land Tortoise.
The Giant Galapagos land tortoise known as "Harriet" died of a suspected heart attack in June 2006 at the age of 175 and held the Guinness World Records title as the oldest living animal in captivity.
Harriet’s life which began when she – or he, as she was then thought to be – was hatched on the volcanic Galapagos Islands, west of Ecuador in South America, in 1830. British naturalist Charles Darwin, whose theories of evolution and natural selection changed the world, visited the islands in 1835 and collected three tortoises named Tom, Dick and Harry to study in the United Kingdom
But they did not prosper there and were brought to Queensland by John Wickham when he was appointed governor-resident of the colonial settlement of Moreton Bay, which was later to become Brisbane. When Wickham returned to England in 1860 he bequeathed the tortoises to the local Botanic Gardens, where a zoo was established and they remained attractions into the next century.
|Address:||1638 Steve Irwin Way , Australia Zoo, Beerwah, 4519|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -26.838493|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Wednesday 15th November, 2006|