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Giant Tortoises Beat Extinction

Slow and Steady always wins...

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PLOS One released a study yesterday confirming that the giant tortoises on Espanola no longer need human help in order to survive.

So majestic...
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So majestic...

By 1960, the tortoise population on this island was down to 15. 54 years later, thanks to captive breeding, the population is up to about 1500.

They faced severe endangerment due to human interference. Conservationists captivated 12 females and three males between 1963 and 1974 to regenerate the population.
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They faced severe endangerment due to human interference. Conservationists captivated 12 females and three males between 1963 and 1974 to regenerate the population.

They have been released to Espanola and are free to live their endangered-free lives.

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Fight on, tortoises. Fight on.

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