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Galapagos giant tortoises born for first time in 100 years after their extinction in 1800s


A living member of species of tortoise not seen in more than 110 years and feared to be extinct was found in a remote part of the Galápagos island.

In early 1800s rats arrived in the said island together with the pirates. Because of the rats, as they ate the tortoise and its eggs, the International Union for Conservation of Nature has the giant tortoise listed as critically endangered and possibly extinct.

The only other living member of the species was found in 1906, the group said. But great news because reportedly the endangered species of Duncan island giant tortoise, Chelonoidis duncanensis, were recently born naturally on the island.

Danny Reuda, head of the ecosystems for the national park, was interviewed by the media about the endangered species. He stated that there were some large rats present and these rats fed on the tortoise.

So to solve the problem, in 2012 experts in a helicopter spread rat poison to kill them. It was distributed across 1,789 hectares of land. In 2014, the area became rat-free. And now, we are celebrating the growth of the Giant Galapagos Tortoise species.

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