Galapagos Tortoise

The Galapagos Tortoise is found on the island Espanola which is in the southeaster Galapagos Islands. In the 1960’s there were only 15 of these tortoise’s left in the wild. For a while many people believed that these tortoise’s would go extinct. Due to breeding programs which were able to help raise and release 1,500 tortoise’s the population has greatly increased! The breeding programs are no longer needed because the tortoise’s are now successfully mating in the wild again.

Adult Galápagos tortoise

The Galapagos Tortoise has a life span of roughly 170 years, making them incredibly important to the ecosystem. The tortoise’s are incredibly important in spreading the seed of many plants. This helps spread the plants and the plants also are food for other animals. They are very important to this ecosystem and have been very resilient in having its population rebound.

http://www.newsweek.com/galapagos-giant-tortoise-brought-back-brink-extinction-280593

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