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100-Year-Old Tortoise Father's 800 Babies, rescues its species from going Extinct

The species of the tortola giant tortoise was in great danger earlier because there were only 12 females and 3 males in the world. Only 15 representatives of one species! And they were able to survive thanks to Diego, the turtle who had a simple but important mission - to reproduce as much as possible.


We love good stories and want to share the incredible story of Diego the turtle with you.


Meet the hero!


A few years ago, the population of the species-giant turtle, the Chelonoidis hoodensis species, was particularly extinct - due to human activity, less than 20 species of representatives were left.


These turtles are the largest existing turtles in the world and live only in the Galápagos Islands in Ecuador and the Aldabra Islands in Tanzania. At that moment, Diego lived in the San Diego Zoo and didn't even suspect that he would save the world without living large giant turtles like him.



In the 1960s, the Ecuadorian Ministry of Environment decided to launch a special breeding program to save the species - there were only 12 females and 2 males left on the island of Vicola in the Galápagos. That's when a giant turtle named Diego was chosen as the savior and called for help. Diego was brought to a special recreation center where he, and the rest of the turtles, began to rescue their species.



Goal achieved!

Now after 40 years, the breeding program has been successfully concluded because there are enough turtles to sustain the population of the species on the island. More than 2,000 new baby turtles were born within this time and 40% of them are Diego's descendants.



Diego is now over 100 years old and is a happy father to 800 babies. He and other turtles will be released into the wild in March 2020, where they will continue their peaceful family life. The population of the Chelonoidis hoodensis species is still under threat, but it is now out of critical status.


Are there threatened species in the forest's neck? What is your country doing to save them? Tell us about it in the comments!

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