A few survivors of a giant Galapagos tortoise species thought to have gone extinct in the 1840s may still exist on a volcanic island in the Pacific!! (click for the full article)
So exciting! Having just watched the 3 part BBC documentary on the Galapagos islands, featuring a long history of all the tortoises on the islands, its extra cool to read this.
Best part of the article for me?
It’s even possible that some of the Floreana tortoises living on Isabela Island are the children of ones Darwin saw, San Diego’s Ryder says. These species are known to live to 100 and beyond, he says. “The direct offspring of animals alive in 1840 could still be alive.”