The Galapagos tortoise, Diego, saved from extinction your view, has returned home to Ecuador.
The male giant Galapagos tortoises Diego, whose libido had helped to save his view of Fate hoodensis from extinction, has officially retired. Along with 14 other males Diego arrived in Ecuador, where it will be released into the wild on Espanola island (Galapagos Islands).
It is believed that on the island of Hispaniola, Diego was born around 1920. In his youth he came to the U.S. in the 1940s was in the zoo San Diego, and in 1976, sent to the island of Santa Cruz, to participate in the program of restoration of the population of Galapagos tortoises. Scientists assume that Diego was the father 900 offspring that were released into the wild on the island of Hispaniola. The efforts of Diego and his relatives helped to increase the number of Galapagos tortoises to more than 2,000 individuals.
Now it was time Diego and other happy fathers to be released into the wild. Arriving in Ecuador, the turtles will stay for some time in quarantine, then they will be released on the uninhabited island of Espanola – the southernmost island of the Galapagos. About 50 years ago, there was only two males and 12 females of the species Diego.