A Fernandina Giant Tortoise was last seen alive at 1906. It has been believed to be extinct for more than 100 years but this year, one was discovered on the Galapagos Island of Fernandina, as said by Ecuador’s government.
The tortoise found by the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative (GTRI) in one of their journeys is an adult female assumed to be more than a hundred years old.
The GTRI director and leader of the expedition, Washingon Tapia, said that genetic studies will be done to further the confirmation that the tortoise they found belongs to the Fernandina Island species. They believe that she, the tortoise, is not alone. Their team have observed tracks and scent of other tortoises which they believe are of the same species as her. They have taken her to a breeding center near the island of Santa Cruz.
This specie of tortoise is one of the 14 giant tortoise species found in the Galapagos Islands. According to the Galapagos Conservancy, most of the species are endangered because they are hunted and killed for food or for their oil for over the past two centuries.
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