A Giant Tortoise which is believed to be Extinct for Over 100 years, has been discovered on the Galapagos Island of Fernandina, Ecuador.
The Announcement was made by Ecuador’s Environment Minister, Marcelo Mata.
The last known time a Fernandina Giant Tortoise was seen alive was 1906, reported by CNN.
According to Ecuador’s Government, the Adult Female, believed to be more than a century old, was seen alive on 17
2019, during an Expedition by the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative (GTRI).
Expedition Leader Forrest Galante crossed a 3-mile stretch of hardened lava flow and found the Tortoise buried deep under a pile of brush.
Elaborating upon the Discovery, Washington Tapia, GTRI Director, and Expedition Leader, said that genetic studies will be carried out to “reconfirm” that the Tortoise found belongs to the Fernandina Island Species.
“As a biologist and someone who has dedicated my life to the pursuit of animals believed extinct, this is by far my greatest scientific accomplishment and proudest moment,” said Forrest.
“This encourages us to strengthen our search plans to find other (tortoises), which will allow us to start a breeding program in captivity to recover this species,” said Danny Rueda, Director of the Galapagos National Park.
That is the Experts opined she is not alone. The tracks and scent of Other Tortoises, believed to be of the same species, were also observed by the Team.
Conservationists have taken the Tortoise to a breeding center on the nearby Island of Santa Cruz.
According to the Galapagos Conservancy, the Fernandina Giant Tortoise is one of 14 Giant Tortoise Species native to the Galapagos Islands, most of which are endangered.
(Photos by Marcelo Mata and CNN.)
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