May 3, 2019
This week, Galapagos National Park rangers repatriated 30 juvenile San Cristóbal tortoises (Chelonoidis chathamensis) from the David Rodríguez breeding center there to their natural habitat located in the northeast portion of the island. This is the second time that a repatriation of this species has occurred since the center opened in 2002.
The tortoises, which are between five and nine years of age, were born in captivity at the breeding center. Prior to their release, technicians and Park rangers evaluated their health status and fitted them with identification devices for subsequent monitoring.
The young tortoises were moved by boat — a two-hour ride — after which the rangers transported them on foot for five miles to an area suitable to their successful introduction to their natural habitat.
Based on a press release from the Galapagos National Park Directorate, translated with their permission.