A FERNANDINA giant tortoise, last seen in 1906, has been found on the island of Fernandina in the west of the Pacific archipelago. Chelonoidis phantasticus is the only species of giant tortoise known to occur on Fernandina Island. A female tortoise was found on Fernadina Island for the first time in more than 100 years.

A tortoise – the Fernandina Island Tortoise to be exact – thought to be extinct for 113 years has been found on a very remote volcanic island in the Galapagos.

The animal “exceeds 100 years” in age and is “a very old tortoise,” said Washington Tapia of Galapagos Conservancy, a US … According to Himalayan mountaineering legend Eric Shipton, the odds of rediscovering a Fernandina Tortoise were at least better than those of finding a Yeti.
The tortoise they found was a female, roughly 100 years old. Spanish common names: Galápago de Fernandina, tortuga gigante de Fernandina. The matriarchal tortoise is believed to be over 100 years-old, and it was immediately transferred to the giant tortoise breeding center on Santa Cruz Island and … However, no confirmed live tortoises, or even remains, were found on Fernandina until the discovery of an elderly female in February 2019. There were discoveries of putative tortoise droppings and cactus bite marks in 1964 and 2013, and an unconfirmed sighting in 2009. Now there is hope its … It was taken by boat to the main Galapagos conservation center on Santa Cruz island.

Conservationists have taken the tortoise to a breeding center on the nearby island of Santa Cruz. This tortoise was hiding in the brush of a volcano in the Galapagos and was identified by the look of her shell and face. About 2.5 miles away, they spotted the tortoise, which was blending in the vegetation. This tortoise species was considered to be extinct, but this discovery means there could be more tortoises on Fernandina!

Recognition: ♂♂ 87.6 cm ♀♀ 50.7 cm. Prior to this discovery, only one specimen of the Fernandina tortoise Chelonoidis phantasticus had ever been found — a male tortoise collected during the California Academy of Sciences expedition in 1905-06.
The Fernandina Giant Tortoise is one of 14 giant tortoise species native to the Galapagos, of which ten species survive today. In February 2019, we found a female tortoise that was likely alive when the other tortoise was found, some 112 years ago.

The Galapagos National Park and Galapagos Conservancy have a long history of successfully breeding tortoises of critically endangered species in captivity. Galapagos Conservancy is planning an island-wide search for more tortoises later in 2019. The tortoise is believed to be about 100 years old.

While killing tortoises has been a habitual practice in the past, today all efforts on the islands are focused on preserving and restoring the remaining tortoise populations. The Fernandina giant tortoise disappeared more than 100 years ago.

The tortoise has been transferred to a breeding center for the purpose of conservation and …

If she had been left on Fernandina, she might have become lost forever, along with the potential for future breeding efforts to help the survival of her species.