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A giant tortoise species was believed to be extinct for 113 years, only for it to be discovered again in Galápagos, 2019.

Giant tortoise believed extinct for 100 years found in Galápagos

A living member of species of tortoise not seen in more than 110 years and feared to be extinct has been found in a remote part of the Galápagos island of Fernandina.

An adult female Chelonoidis phantasticus, also known as the Fernandina giant tortoise, was spotted on Sunday by a joint expedition of the Galápagos National Park and the US-based Galapagos Conservancy, Ecuador’s environment ministry said.

Investigators think there may be more members of the species on the island because of tracks and faeces they found. The team took the tortoise, which is probably more than 100 years old, to a breeding centre for giant tortoises on Santa Cruz Island, where it will stay in a specially designed pen.

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