Diego, the tortoise who saved his entire species, finally retires to uninhabited island

 

After producing 2000 babies and saving his entire species, 100 year old Diego retires

Diego, a libidinous giant tortoise credited with saving his species, has finally retired to an uninhabited island off the coast of Ecuador after decades of service in a breeding program.

Fifteen tortoises from Española, including Diego, are going home after decades of breeding in captivity and saving their species from extinction, he wrote on Monday. “Their island receives them with open arms.
The giant tortoise is over 100 years old and produced around 800 offspring,” the UNEP added.

His unstoppable libido was credited as a major reason for the survival of his fellow giant tortoises on Española. When he arrived there were just two males and 12 females of his species alive on the island, but Diego helped to boost the population to over 2,000.

The Galapagos Islands are one of the world’s premier destinations for wildlife viewing, and were visited by Charles Darwin as he worked on the theory of evolution.

The islands, which are located about 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They are home to some of the most unique and scientifically significant ecosystems on earth, but conservationists are increasingly concerned that the islands and their delicate ecosystem are under threat from over-tourism.

Happy retirement Diego, wear that smile on your face with pride. 😅

 

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