gopher tortoise

AP

Thousands of acres of land in Camden County has been set aside for conservation. The purchase of the property is part of a continuing effort to protect the state’s official reptile, the endangered gopher tortoise.

The Conservation Fund and Open Space Institute bought the 16,083-acre tract. The so-called “Ceylon” property borders the Satilla River, according to Andrew Schock, the state director for the Conservation Fund.

Emily Jones / GPB News

Just above the Florida border, there’s a vast — and famous — swamp: the Okefenokee. It’s more than 400,000 acres of wilderness, with black water, pine and cypress trees, endangered woodpeckers and more.