Galapagos Tortoise Pops Up After 100 Years

Animal specialists are rejoicing over news out the Galapagos Island. They were able to find a species of tortoise that was believed to be extinct for the last 100 years. The Tortoise was on Fernandina, an island a part of the Galapagos.

It was in 1906 that anyone had seen the last Fernandina Giant Tortoise alive. According to government officials, the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative was conducting an expedition on the island. While there, they were able to see an adult tortoise which they believe age is over 100.

According to reports from Washington Tapia, GTRI director, an expedition leader, there are tests on the way. They do genetic research on the animal so that they can reconfirm information on the animal. They have to be entirely sure that the tortoise belongs to Fernandina Island species.

Galapagos Tortoise Pops Up On Island

However, experts believe that he isn’t the only one on the island. The team was able to observe scents and tracks from the same species. They think that the tracks and scents come from other Fernandina Island Galapagos Tortoises.

Per conservationist, the tortoise is now at a breeding center that is not far from the island of Santa Cruz. There are 14 giant tortoise species, and the Fernandina Giant Tortoise is one of them. Most of them are all endanger of being extinct. For the past two centuries, tortoises have been killed for food and for their oil.

Danny Rueda, director of the Galapagos National Park, says that the news of tortoise is exciting. It encourages him and his group to strengthen their plans to find other animals of the same species. Doing so will allow for them to begin a new breeding program in captivity. If they can find a male, there will be hope to recover the species as a whole.