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Discussion in 'Tortoises in the News' started by SULCY, Feb 20, 2019.

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  1. SULCY

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    Cool!
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    That's great! I sure hope they get a group together and start a search to find more. Woukd be nice if they could do something, even relocate them to ensure their existence.
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    She doesn't seem very big for 100 years old.
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    I bet she's much younger than 100 ... that's just how long it's been since they've seen one of her tribe on that island.

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    Hopefully, they will find more, enough to start a breeding colony and help get them off the extinct list!
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    I don't think she is 100. That is the number of years that went by since they decided that these tortoises were probably extinct...I think.
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    Yes...saw this the other day. Looks like there might be more bases on visible marks on cacti and scat... yeah.
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    Absolutely fantastic news
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    My dad emailed me that article a few days ago. I wonder if that tortoise is one of the last ones alive from when it almost went extinct, because they can live forever.
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    From the National Geographic article: “The female tortoise, thought to be roughly 100 years old, was taken by the team to a breeding center on Santa Cruz Island...”

    But I know firsthand journalists don’t always get their facts straight...
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    This is such fantastic news:<3:! She is a member of the saddlebacked group and in the other saddleback members the girls are generally quite a bit smaller then the boys and don't develop much saddling if any on their shells. These tortoises can live to about 150-200 years so judging by the smoothness(from wear and little to no growth for many years)she very likely is all of 100 years old. Might have been a youngster and VERY blessed to have escaped notice of the accursed :mad:california academy of science expedition in 1906! If the video is any indication of actuality she was in fact quickly taken to the safety of the captive breeding center. For all interested please consider joining the Galapagos Conservancy and be a part of bringing all of the existent tortoises and other endangered Galapagos wildlife back from the brink. Thank you for caring.
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    I'm sure this has indeed lit a fire under some butts:eek::D.
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    Just want to share this.
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    Fasinating find! I wonder if any others from its clutch are still around. 110 years living in the wild, makes me think living in captivity could be problematic... ?
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