The intense conservation efforts of the Galapagos giant tortoises are paying off. After 100 years, the first offspring began to be born.
"I am surprised that the turtles have given us the opportunity to correct our mistakes after so long," was the comment of researcher James Gibbs, who had the privilege of observing a small group of baby turtles on Pinzón Island, one of the Galapagos Islands.
Human activity on the islands put the giant tortoises at risk of extinction, but with this news, hopes of removing them from the red list are recovered.
In 1960 the group of 100 tortoises that remained on the island of Pinzón was moved to a safe area so that they could grow safely. After eradicating a plague of rats that ate the eggs in 2012, the turtles were finally born again in their habitat.
Last December, researcher James Gibbs said he saw at least 300 turtles for the first time on the island, and that 10 of them were hatchlings.
Also the chief of ecosystems for the Galapagos National Park of Ecuador, Danny Rueda, confirmed the birth and mentioned that it is a significant event for the future of the island's species.
But the investigations carried out show the figure of 500 specimens that live on the island, after the great effort of conservation and repopulation.
Hopefully this magnificent species will succeed and can repopulate the Islands.
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