The search is on for a mate for a large tortoise regarded as extinct a century in the past.
Earlier this week, scientists at Yale College confirmed a large feminine tortoise discovered within the Galapagos Islands was of a species final reported 112 years in the past and regarded as “misplaced endlessly,” Galapagos Conservancy mentioned in a information launch.
The tortoise was found on Fernandina Island throughout a 2019 expedition of the Galapagos Nationwide Park Directorate and Galapagos Conservancy.
Scientists recognized the tortoise because the Fernandina Big Tortoise, or the species Chelonoidis phantasticus.
“One of many best mysteries in Galapagos has been the Fernandina Island Big Tortoise. Rediscovering this misplaced species could have occurred simply within the nick of time to put it aside,” mentioned Dr. James Gibbs, vp of science and conservation for the Galapagos Conservancy.
Planning is underway for expeditions to discover a male mate to save lots of the species so the tortoise doesn’t meet the identical destiny as Lonesome George, a Pinta Island tortoise who died in 2012 with none offspring and was declared extinct.
The Fernandina Big Tortoise was believed to have develop into extinct due to volcanic eruptions in previous centuries.
The Galapagos Islands are house to many distinctive species of animals not discovered anyplace else on the earth and have been made well-known by Charles Darwin, who visited within the 1830s.
In March, virtually 200 tortoises youthful than 3 months have been discovered by Galapagos Islands airport workers wrapped in a plastic bag in what officers say was an try and smuggle them off the islands.
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