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Diego, the giant tortoise

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  • January 16, 2020
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Diego, the giant tortoise

Part of: GS Prelims –Environment and GS-III- Conservation

In news:

The Galapagos National Park, where Diego lived, called off the captive breeding programme.

Do you Know ?

  • Tortoises on the Galápagos Islands served as excellent source of food for seafarers in the 1800s. 
  • They could survive inside ships for upto a year, and so a large number were picked up from the islands.

From Prelims point of view:

Galapagos National Park

  • Established in 1959 is Ecuador’s first national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • In 1979 UNESCO declared the Galápagos Islands Natural Heritage for Humanity

 Diego Turtle 

  • Classified as “threatened” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature
  • A member of the Chelonoidis hoodensis, or the giant tortoise species, Diego has spent much of his long life — he is 100 years old — in saving his kind

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