40 years ago, experts reported that Galapagos tortoise was moving rapidly towards extinctions. There were only 15 species left on the Espanola Island which weigh above 500lb.
However, a recent report reveals that now there are more than 1,000 tortoises on that particular island. In 1960’s, the experts informed about their expected extinction from the Espanola Island.
The ecological alterations were the chief reason behind this extinction. The feral goats caused most of these ecological damages in the end of the 19th century.
P.Gibbs, the main author of the study stated that the population of tortoise reached to the end in the 1960’s. Thus Far, the government officials and other authorities protected nearly 1,000 tortoises. The ratio demonstrates that the specie is now completely safe and sound.
Moreover, he clearly admitted that it is certainly a very uncommon instance of the success of biologists and managers. It was nearly impossible to save this species without the interference of authorities. They deliberately provided several chances of matting to tortoise of Espanola Island.
Furthermore, he notified that a data accumulated from one of the small islands shows that approximately half of the 2,000 tortoise set free in 1975 are still roaming on the island. Generally, the live span of Galapagos tortoise is nearly 150 years. Some of them even lived on the island to 170 years.
This animal usually sleeps nearly 16 hours daily due to the slow metabolism.