Galapagos tortoise ‘Diego’ retires after his high sex drive saved his species

A Galapagos tortoise, believed to be 130-years-old is returning home after his high sex drive and abilities helped to save his species.

According to the Galapagos Org. Ecuador’s Environmental Ministry concluded the 40-year captive breeding program for Española tortoises following an ecological evaluation of Española Island, conducted by the Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD) and Galapagos Conservancy as part of the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative (GTRI).

Diego, one of the tortoises (Chelonoidis hoodensis species) had been brought to the United States between 1918 and 1933 spending 30 years at the San Diego Zoo in their breeding program after the species was declared critically endangered. In 1977 he and the other tortoises returned to Ecuador.

The original 15 adults – 12 females and two males will be released back into the their natural habitats.

The population has since increased from 15 to 2,000 tortoises, and 40% of the current population are thought to be descendants of Diego – thus this single guy having sired 800 turtles.

The species remains on the critically endangered list.

Happy retirement Diego.

Follow the National Pet Rescue on Facebook for the latest animal related news.

You know it’s true!!

I prefer dogs to people – pick your favorite color and style here!

 


 

Fight animal abuse! Donate Now


Love is the cure! Pick your favorite color and design here. 

Your purchase helps support the continuation of this site. Thank you! Find more styles at our store here.

My heart!

There is no us. There is no them. We are one! Share this important message with others – choose your favorite color and style at this link. Your purchase helps support the continuation of our site. Thank you!

 



Help support the continuation of this site AND spread the word – Pets are not disposable!! Find your favorite color and style here. 

1 reply

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *