Tortoises tend to move around a lot, and the island, at over square miles, is a large area to search. Its rugged terrain, caused by abundant lava flows, makes locating animals a challenge.
This female is estimated to be years old. With giant tortoises living up to years, there's hope she can help her species recover.
But Tapia and his team do expect to find more. During this search of Fernandina, they came across more tortoise tracks in soil just over a mile from where they discovered the female. The te4am is planning another expedition to the island later this year.
Giant tortoises are reptiles that are currently found on two remote groups of tropical islands: the Aldabra Atoll and. The Galápagos tortoise complex or Galápagos giant tortoise complex are the largest living species of tortoise. Modern Galápagos tortoises can weigh up to
When others are found, he hopes to be able to restore the population's numbers and return them to their natural habitat. Tortoises can live to be years old, so despite her advanced age, the female tortoise still has plenty of time to help her species make a comeback.
These are six of the longest-lived animals. Now, the population has reached over 1, Read about Lonesome George, the last of the Pinta Island tortoises.
But for Tapia, the discovery of the Fernandina giant tortoise is more than just the return of a species. VU Status Vulnerable.
Ocean Habitat. Why They Matter. Threats Extinction Risk Vulnerable.
Extinct No reasonable doubt that the last individual has died. Extinct in the Wild Known only to survive in cultivation, in captivity or as a naturalised population.
Critically Endangered Facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the Wild. Endangered Facing a high risk of extinction in the Wild.
Vulnerable Facing a high risk of extinction in the Wild. Near Threatened Likely to qualify for a threatened category in the near future.
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