BREAKING: Yesterday, the Galapagos National Park and Galapagos Conservancy returned 15 giant tortoises to Española Island (including the famous tortoise dubbed “Diego”) — an island where tortoises nearly went extinct due to exploitation by mariners in the 1800’s. For the past 55 years, these tortoises were part of a successful captive breeding program that produced approximately 2,000 offspring and saved their species from extinction. 👏
The 15 original Española tortoises have been returned to their island home to live out the rest of their long lives, formally marking the closure of one of the most successful endangered species breeding, repatriation and restoration programs in the history of conservation. 🐢
This effort is part of our collaborative Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative (GTRI), a long-term conservation effort to restore populations of giant tortoises to their historic numbers and distribution across the Galapagos Islands in areas where they were impacted by human activity.
昨天, 加拉帕戈斯国家公园和加拉帕戈斯保护区将15只加拉帕戈斯陆龟送回西班牙岛(包括著名的乌龟被称为′′迭戈′′) –一个1800年被水手发现巨大陆龟而被掠夺至几乎灭绝的岛屿。在过去的55年里, 这些陆龟是一个成功的捕获、繁殖计划的一部分, 该计划让这些陆龟生产了大约2,000个后代，并′′拯救′′它们的物种免于灭绝。
这项努力是我们合作的巨型陆龟修复倡议(GTRI)的一部分, 这是一项长期的养护努力, 旨在使巨型陆龟的数量恢复到历史性的数量, 并在整个加拉帕戈斯群岛没受到人类活动影响的地区分布。