Extinct giant tortoise returns 已滅絕的巨型陸龜“起死回生”了
Who were responsible for making the Floreana tortoises become extinct?
Nothing happens too quickly in the tortoise world but this is a comeback worth the wait. The Floreana tortoise, once thought wiped out, has been on the extinction list for a century and a half. Now, with careful conservation, the species is being brought back from the dead.
The species became extinct from its home island of Floreana during the mid-nineteenth century after hunting and exploitation from the first settlers. Some Floreana were dropped on other islands breeding with other tortoises.
But now the original species is slowly and steadily staging its return. A breeding programme at the Galapagos National Park has yielded dozens of Floreana pure-bred tortoises, with hopes of thousands more in the coming years.
They’ll be given time to grow into their shells within the national park. Then it’s hoped that in five years the Floreana will be released back into the wild to their island. But there’s no rush!
brought back from the dead
staging its return
released back into the wild
The Galapagos Islands were made famous by British naturalist Charles Darwin.
The first settlers were responsible for making the Floreana tortoises becoming extinct because they hunted and exploited them.