December 27, 2015
In the second week of December 2015, the first young tortoises began hatching from incubators at the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Center on Santa Cruz Island, which is home to 75 adult tortoises and 1,200 juveniles.
Rangers from the Galapagos National Park Directorate collected 300 eggs this breeding season (July to December) from 28 females at the Center, which is one of three Tortoise Centers in Galapagos — the other two are on Isabela and San Cristóbal.
Park ranger Freddy Villalba, head of the Santa Cruz Tortoise Center, said that there have been 60 new hatchlings so far this month. The remaining eggs are still incubating and are expected to hatch before the first quarter of 2016.
Thanks to this program managed by the Park, approximately 5,000 tortoises have been repatriated to their islands of origin across the Archipelago.
Content based on a press release from the Galapagos National Park Directorate, translated with permission.