Galapagos Giant Tortoises may not be extinct after all

Alicia Trusty

Recent studies led by a team of researchers from Yale University have reported a strong possibility that the Galapagos Giant Tortoise from Floreana (Chelonoidis elephantopus) is still alive. Thought to have become extinct shortly after Darwin’s famous Beagle voyage, over 150 years ago. This may have been due to the impact of whalers introducing different species from Wolf Volcano, which was a popular stop for these sailors. 

A small number of hybrid tortoises where discovered on Wolf Volcano in the past 4 years, and a study has been ongoing to analyse DNA. Findings revealed last week reported that some 30 individuals were less than 15 years old which suggests there is an extremely high possibility that there is a pure bred Floreana Tortoise still wandering around on Wolf Volcano - wonderful news. 

Galapagos National Park is setting out on a rescue mission, fantastic news for conservationists worldwide and those working on Project Floreana.

Contact Emma to arrange a trip to Galapagos on 01285 643 333.

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