100-year-old Galapagos enormously massive tortoise saves the entire species from extinction

The Galápagos tortoise, which is native to the same-named islands, is the biggest sea turtle species, considering possible to 900 lb.

In the early 1970s, the animal was on the endangered list, with just 10 individuals remaining in the environment.

Nevertheless, owing to Diego, the species’ sole live male, everything has altered throughout the years.

100-year-old Galapagos enormously massive tortoise saves the entire species from extinction

When experts at the National Zoo, wherever Diego was staying just at the time, recognized the subspecies (Chelonoidis hoodensis) was pretty much extinct, they decided to return him to Espanola peninsula as parts of a reproductive effort.

Diego has been responsible for the birth of nearly 2000 tortoise, offspring since the reproduction program was created in 1976.

100-year-old Galapagos enormously massive tortoise saves the entire species from extinction

And what is more, his ‘vibrant libido’ was able to save the critically endangered species, according to AFP.

“Roughly 1,800 reptiles have been restored to Espanola, and we now have nearly 2,000 tortoises via traditional breeding,” Carrion told AFP.

Diego, who weighs roughly 190 pounds, is unknown how old he is, although specialists believe he is at minimum 100 years old. “People don’t know when or how he came to the U. S.”

100-year-old Galapagos enormously massive tortoise saves the entire species from extinction

“It must’ve been removed from Espanola by a scientific mission between 1900 and 1959,” stated Washington Tapia, a turtle conservation director at Galápagos Nature Reserve.

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