One Cool Thing: Discovering a Species of Galápagos Tortoise Scientists Thought Was Extinct

Scientists were thrilled to report last week the discovery of a species of tortoise that was believed to have been extinct for more than 100 years.  Known as the Fernandina Giant Tortoise, the Galápagos National Park is planning an expedition to look for more individuals of this species — based on excrement samples they discovered, they believe there could be more still alive.  The Environment Minister of Ecuador said in a tweet, “Certainly, @leodicaprio we are full of hope that the efforts to preserve Galapagos and its extraordinary biodiversity are shown in facts like this. I appreciate once again the labour of @parquegalapagos.”  DiCaprio, who has long supported the Park, tweeted that the discovery of “the only-known Fernandina Giant Tortoise – giving us hope for the rediscovery of the remaining lost species on @rewild‘s list.”  Rewild is a project to solve both the biodiversity and the climate crisis not by re-inventing the planet, but rather by “rewilding” it.  

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