Great news! After 100 years, the Galápagos giant tortoise were born again in their natural habitat on Pinzon Island, archipelago of Galapagos.
Danny Rueda, chief of ecosystems for the Galapagos National Park of Ecuador, confirmed that, after more than a century without being able to be born naturally, the first turtles hatched in what he calls “a significant event for the future of the species of the islands”.
On Pinzon Island, one of the smallest in the archipelago of the Galapagos Islands, researchers were able to observe several small turtles.
According to local media, in 1965 the park began a breeding program for 20 turtles in order to avoid extinction due to voracity of foreign rats.
Rueda explained that the giant tortoises could not be born naturally anymore because of the massive amount of rats living on the island. Researchers believe that the eradication of the rats is one of the most important factors for the turtles to reproduce and be born outside of captivity again.
Now that this species has been born again on the island, it will not be necessary to watch them with such big attention. Nature will take care of them.