The Crocodiles of the World in UK has become successful in breeding an endangered species of tortoise. The birth of Galapagos tortoises in a happy moment for the management of the British Zoo. The founder, Shaun Foggett shared this news saying, “We’re incredibly proud to have successfully bred these tortoises, who have previously been very close to extinction.”
The birth of these tortoises have given a new hope to save them from becoming extinct. Foggett further added, “We have all been hoping for this day since the giant tortoises joined us in 2018 and it’s a significant achievement towards helping the conservation of the species.”
The two adult tortoises, Dirk, 70 and Charlie, 21 are parents to the newborns. Dirk first arrived in the UK back in 1962. The newborns are currently the size of a tennis ball. Crocodiles of the World have four adult Galapagos tortoises which mate regularly. The names of other adult tortoises are Zuzu, and Isabella.
The authorities still feel uncertain about the future breeding for these Giant Galapagos tortoises. Foggett said, “They are still facing an uncertain future, primarily due to historic overexploitation and egg predation from invasive species.”
Giant Galapagos tortoises are one of the longest lived vertebrates on land. They have a lifespan of over 100 years. The oldest one lived for 175 years. Apart from this, they are also world’s largest tortoises. Some of their species can exceed up to five feet in length.
These giant Galapagos tortoises are still listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red list. In the 19th Century there were about 200,000 Galapagos in the world. However, now only 15,000 can be found. Which is only 10 percent of the original. Four species of giant Galapagos tortoise have been extinct. This is something very alarming. Therefore, efforts are being made in different parts of the world to breed them before it is too late.