By Larry Richert

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – They amazed Spanish Settlers and Charles Darwin — and now, Pittsburgh has two of their own.

Henry Kacprzyk, the curator of Kids Kingdom and Reptiles at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, joined the KDKA Morning News with Larry Richert and John Shumway to talk about their new Galapagos Tortoises.

The zoo unveiled the new exhibit Thursday and it features two large tortoises. Kacprzyk says that Galapagos actually means tortoises.

How big do these turtles actually get? Kacprzyk says fully grown, they can grow up to 500 pounds. He adds they can live well over 100 years.

So, why are the Galapagos Tortoises so special? The turtles, brought to the attention of the world by Charles Darwin, are an endangered species and along with their size and life span, they have become a favorite among many.

You can see the new Galapagos Tortoises along with all the other animals at the Pittsburgh Zoo this summer and all year long.

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Listen to the KDKA Morning News with Larry Richert and John Shumway weekdays from 5 to 9 a.m. on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

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