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Scientific expedition finds a species of turtle considered extinct

21Jun

A species of turtle (Chelonoidis phantasticus) that was believed to have been extinct 100 years ago was found on Fernandina Island. It was found in its natural habitat, through an expedition carried out by the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative (GTRI), a project joined by other organizations, such as the Directorate of the Galapagos National Park and the conservation organization of Galápagos, which have an objective, locate new specimens and among them, was the enigmatic turtle. The Ministry of the Environment said that the Galapagos National Park “has the support to develop the necessary research to guarantee the conservation and preservation of the species in the Galapagos Islands”. The turtle was found, in the lower area of ​​Fernandina Island.

It is an adult female that possibly exceeds one hundred years. However, genetic studies will be carried out to reconfirm that the specimen found is of the Fernandina Island species. The turtle was transported by boat, from Fernandina, to the Giant Turtle Breeding Center in Santa Cruz, where it will remain under the custody of park rangers and in an individual pen for their stay. There is a possibility that there are more individuals in Fernandina, since they found traces and excrements in different areas of the island, separated by lava traces of recent eruptions. Fernandina is one of the youngest islands in the archipelago. It has an area of ​​638 square kilometers, being the third largest island of the Galápagos archipelago. Its volcano, La Cumbre, is one of the most active in the world.

Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge aims to contribute to the conservation of species and natural areas on the islands. It is extremely important for us to raise awareness among our guests about all the efforts made to maintain biodiversity and balance in this natural paradise. If you are looking for a hotel in Galapagos that connects you directly with nature, Casa Natura Galápagos Lodge is the place for you! Write to ecolodge@casanaturahotel.com to book your stay and tours at the best hotel in Galapagos.

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