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November 6, 2019
Rangers from the Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD) recently repatriated two groups of tortoises from the Chelonoidis duncanensis and Chelonoidis darwini species to their islands of origin: Pinzón and Santiago, respectively.
The Park rangers, with the help of a helicopter, transferred 93 tortoises to Pinzón Island and 16 to the southeast of Santiago Island. The tortoises, which were hatched and raised at the Tortoise Breeding Center on Santa Cruz Island, are between the ages of five and six years — which ensures a higher survival rate in the wild.
Based on a release from the GNPD, translated with their permission.