Thread created on 16:45:39 - 07/09/21 (1 month ago)
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Chelonoidis phantasticus (commonly known as the Fernandina Island Galápagos tortoise or Narborough Island giant tortoise) is a species of Galapagos tortoise, that was discovered in 1906 and thought extinct, until a single female was discovered living on Fernandina Island by an expedition in February 2019. In May 2021, a genetic test carried out by scientists from the California Institute of Sciences confirmed that the single female tortoise discovered in 2019 is from the species Chelonoidis phantasticus. No confirmed live tortoises nor remains were found on Fernandina until an expedition in February 2019 discovered an elderly female.The tortoise was transferred to a breeding center on nearby Santa Cruz Island, for the purpose of conservation and genetic tests. There are efforts being made to find a suitable male for the female, named Fern by her discoverers, to breed with. The search and discovery were shown in Forrest Galante's television show, Extinct or Alive (season 2, episode 1), an Animal Planet tv show
-We should all thank the Extict or Alive program for this amazing discovery. Thank you very much :)
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