Species-saving Diego returning to original habitat

14 January 2020
2020-01-14 12:37

A 100-year-old tortoise called Diego is responsible for the fertilization of 800 offspring and for contributing substantially to the salvation of one of the species of giant tortoise in the Galapagos Islands.

Diego will return in March to his original habitat at Espanola Island, from where he was extracted more than eight decades ago. Diego is a prolific male who lived 30 years at the San Diego Zoo, California. The impressive specimen weighs about 80 kilos, is just under a meter long and can reach 1.5 meters of height when he stretches his legs and neck. One of the main causes for the disappearance of this type of giant tortoise was because they were being captured by pirates, who used to fish them as food for their crew. Espanola Island is also the habitat of iguanas, sea lions and birds of various types.

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