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Thought extinct for 100 years, giant tortoise turns up in Galapagos

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By ITN News Editor February 22, 2019 14:04

Thought extinct for 100 years, giant tortoise turns up in Galapagos

Ecuador discovered a giant tortoise that was believed extinct 100 years ago in the Galapagos Islands, a find that paves the way to recover the species with a captive breeding plan. The tortoise of the Chelonoidis phantasticus species from Fernandina Island, one of the youngest and pristine of the Galapagos archipelago, was found in a thicket of vegetation by a joint expedition between the Galapagos National Park and the Galapagos Conservancy.

The tortoise found is an adult female that possibly exceeds 100 years and was transferred to a breeding centre for surveillance. Giant tortoises, which can reach some 225 kg are among the famous creatures of the Galapagos Islands closely studied by 19th century British naturalist Charles Darwin.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor February 22, 2019 14:04

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