A Believed to be Extinct for 100 years, Giant Tortoise, found in Galapagos

Lilly A., Writer

Found in a part of the Galapagos island of Fernandia, a thought to be extinct giant tortoise was found. A team working in the Galapagos National Park on February 7th at 6:00 am in the morning went out on a patrol to find green patches in the general area where lava flows. While they were walking, one of the team members by the name of Tapia, spotted a tortoise bed. The team then started to walk towards the bed finding soil on the pathway with small footprints of a tortoise. Once they got a bit closer to the bed, another team member named Malaga spotted the creature about 2.5 miles away from where the team was standing. The tortoise was reportedly blending in with the vegetation around it. The tortoise, which was identified as a female, was estimated to be around 100 years old. The area where she originally was had few resources and rugged terrain with unpredictable lava flows. So in order to ensure her safety, they had to keep her under watch at all times. So the team took her to a breeding center in Santa Cruz to help her continue to be strong and healthy. The team is hopeful to find more of the species due to the multiple footprints left in the dirt around the bed. Their end goal is to hopefully restore the whole population.    

Sources

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/21/giant-tortoise-believed-extinct-for-100-years-found-in-galapagos

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/02/extinct-fernandina-giant-tortoise-found/