A Giant Tortoise Was Thought to Be Extinct. One Was Just Found Alive on the Galapagos Islands.
For more than a century, scientists have thought that a rare species of giant tortoise was extinct. But a lone tortoise was found on an Ecuadorian island, and just a few weeks ago lab results proved that the two specimens are related — meaning the species could live on and come back from presumed extinction after all!
The Galápagos Islands are crucial hotspots of biodiversity, and studying the conservation of this turtle will inevitably protect other species bound up in the area’s ecosystem, too. We must tell the Ecuadorian government: invest funds into the research and conservation of this species of tortoise immediately! We have a unique opportunity to bring this incredible species back — sign the petition to help make it happen!