Fernandina Giant Tortoise was to be extinct until a recent discovery. The species was located as a result of an expedition taking place in 2019.
This tortoise was originally native to Fernandina Island. However, volcanic eruptions on the island led to the belief that they were extinct.
Nonetheless, a team of four rangers from Galápagos National Park made this amazing discovery. They found a lone female Giant tortoise on Fernandina Island.
This discovery was made by Forrest Galante.
The female tortoise now goes by Fernanda. The researchers took her to Galapagos National Park’s. Subsequently, they could keep an eye on her and provide her with food.
Fernanda’s estimated age is around 100 years. The species can normally live up to 200 years. Thus, there isn’t much concern surrounding her.
According to National Geographic, if the researchers left her to her native land, trying to find her again would have been a tedious task.
Blood sampling was done to identify the species. The official tests took place in May 2021. It has confirmed that the tortoise is the same as the one from 1906.
The Vice President of Science and Conservation for Galápagos Conservancy states, “One of the greatest mysteries in Galapagos has been the Fernandina Island Giant Tortoise. Rediscovering this lost species may have occurred just in the nick of time to save it. We now urgently need to complete the search of the island to find other tortoises.”
Moving forward, the plan is to find Fernanda a male mate to save her species.
While looking for the tortoise they found traces of at least two others on the Island. The search for a male of the species has begun.
We hope that the Conservancy soon finds a male Fernandina Giant Tortoise.