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July 04, 2020 - Good News Network

15 Giant Tortoises That Saved a Species–Breeding 1,900 Babies–Finally Returned to Their Galapagos Island Home

15 Giant Tortoises That Saved a Species–Breeding 1,900 Babies–Finally Returned to Their Galapagos Island Home
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Even while saving a species, ‘slow and steady’ can win the race.

The Española tortoise program on the Galapagos Islands has become one of the most successful captive breeding programs ever undertaken in the world. Created in the mid-1960s to save that species from extinction, it collected the last remaining 14 tortoises on Española island—the only place in the world they are found.

Now, they’ve all made the trip back home, 55 years later, to live out the rest of their days in retirement on their island’s restored ecosystem.

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