After Being Believed To Be Extinct For A Century Scientist Rediscovers A Giant Tortoise

6Their discovery

When Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands in 1835 he discovered that the volcanic archipelago was the home to 15 different giant tortoise species. Unfortunately, thanks to humans destroying nature and environmental changes we have only 10 species of giant tortoise. The last sighting was during a voyage in 1905.

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7Critically endangered

Since the last sighting was a century ago and there weren’t any sightings since then, may have questioned whether they even existed. Recently, an expedition that was a joint venture between the Galapagos National Park and the Galapagos Conservancy was able to make a historical discovery, a live giant tortoise.

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8The age of this giant tortoise

This amazing creature is said to be 100 years old and the winner of the longest hide-and-seek game ever played. Found on an isolated was an adult female giant tortoise but the environment around the giant tortoise suggests there could be more of these remarkable creatures. The excrements and bite marks of more giant tortoise have been discovered.

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9The Galapagos Islands

These islands are well-known as one of the best habitats of the giant tortoises. The island got its name from an old Spanish word that means ‘tortoise’. Researchers have claimed that the island was home to at least 15 different species of giant tortoises. These islands have been said to be the inspiration Charles Darwin needed to write his work on evolution.

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10The age of giant tortoises

These giant tortoises are said to have one of the longest life spans of any living animals on the planet. The average lifespan of one giant tortoise is 100 years. Tu’i Malila, Madagascar radiated tortoise was 188 at the time of death in Tonga. In 2006, an Aldabra giant tortoise died at Alipore Zoological Gardens in Kolkata who was named Adwaita and was 255 years old at the time of death.

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11The reaction of this discovery

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