June 14, 2018
GNPD staff and GTRI Director Wacho Tapia tend to the tortoises (photo © GNPD)
After a lengthy stay in Peru following a wildlife trafficking attempt in April 2017, 26 young Galapagos tortoises were finally returned to the Islands. A technical team from the Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD) executed the necessary procedures to enter the tortoises into quarantine at the Galapagos Air Base on Baltra Island. They will remain in quarantine for six months in a specially-constructed corral within the Air Base, which has been set up to meet all of the conditions the tortoises require for optimal well-being during this period.
Specialists from the GNPD and Galapagos Conservancy reviewed the physical conditions of the tortoises and placed a subcutaneous identification device in each. The tortoises were active and healthy and did not hesitate to feed on chopped cactus provided by Park rangers.
Jorge Carrión, Director of the Galapagos National Park, expressed his gratitude to all the Ecuadorian and Peruvian institutions and organizations that made it possible to recover this group of tortoises that are part an important endemic species to the Archipelago.
Content based on a press release from the Galapagos National Park Directorate, translated with their permission.