Fernandina Galápagos Tortoise

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Fernandina Galapagos Tortoise
IUCN Red List Critically Endangered

Fernandina Galápagos Tortoise

SCIENTIFIC NAME: CHELONOIDIS PHANTASTICUS
Last Seen: 1906

Update (02.20.19) We are awaiting the results of genetic testing to confirm the rediscovery of the Fernandina Galápagos Tortoise in the Galápagos.

Previous to that, only one individual was ever found—on Fernandina Island, the youngest and least-explored of the Galápagos Islands. According to Himalayan mountaineering legend Eric Shipton, the odds of rediscovering a Fernandina Tortoise were at least better than those of finding a Yeti. An expedition in 1964 discovered putative tortoise droppings, and a fly-over in 2009 reported sightings of something tortoise-like from the air, renewing hope that this species may yet be holding on.

See photos about finding this female tortoise on Fernandina Island below.

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Galapagos Conservancy

Intensive Search on Fernandina Island Confirms the Presence of Tortoises

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Fernandina Tortoise
Galapagos Conservancy

Breaking: Female Tortoise Found on Fernandina Island

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Photos provided by Forrest Galante, Animal Planet.

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