Giant tortoise feared extinct was sighted in Galápagos after nearly 110 years | GBRI

Female Fernandina giant tortoise

The Fernandina giant tortoise was thought to be extinct after no confirmed sighting in over 110 years. However, much to the delight of animal conservationists, an adult female of the species was spotted on Sunday in a remote part of the Galápagos island of Fernandina.

Investigators think there may be more members of the species on the island because of tracks and faeces they found. The team took the tortoise, which is probably more than 100 years old, to a breeding center for giant tortoises on Santa Cruz Island, where it will stay in a specially designed pen.

The only other living member of the species was found in 1906. Since then, expeditions have encountered tortoise faeces and bite marks on cacti, and there was a possible unconfirmed sighting in 2009.

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