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Alleged Extinct Tortoise Specie Rediscovered in Galapagos


One of the Galapagos Endemic Giant Tortoise specie that was believed to be extinct a century ago, was incredibly found during a scientific expedition in Fernandina Islands (Western Archipelago) leaded by the Galapagos National Park in collaboration with Galapagos Conservancy Foundation.

The specie found is a female part of family “Chelonoidis Phantasticus”, and its considered as one of the 15 endemic species of Giant Tortoises that inhabit the Galapagos Archipelago; authorities believe that there could be more of her kind in Fernandina as researches found tracks and droppings in other areas of the Island. This encourages the idea of finding a male specimen, and if this takes place, the National Park intention is to immediately begin the supervised breeding process in captivity on one of the Archipelago’s dedicated Centers to increase the population.

Fernandina Island is located in the Western side of the Archipelago of Galapagos with an area of 638 square kilometers. To learn more about this amazing Island and its rich natural biodiversity, visist the Isla Fernandina page.

The majestic Island is only reachable by authorized and licensed sailing cruises that offer 6, 8 or more days and our favorite and most recommended cruises that include this must-see destination in Galapagos are: Ocean SprayCormorantEndemic, or Sea Star Journey., To check more Galapagos Cruises, click here

Endangered Galapagos Tortoises


Take a look of these tour programs:

1. Galapagos Cruise Itinerary:  Deluxe Vessel Traveling From Central to Southern Islands

2. Ecuador Tour: Avenue of Volcanoes Tour

3. Peru tour: Sacred Valley and Titicaca Lake Tour

4. Galapagos Tour: Central Islands Galapagos land Tour

5. Amazon Rainforest Tour: Deep Rainforest Experience Tour


Andre Robles
Andre Robles
Andre Robles is an expert in everything South America, his passion for the region and exploring off the beaten path makes his travel writing both useful and interesting. He has written for several mainstream publications and you can read his guides on Ecuador, Peru, the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon. Andre is also an accomplished photographer and has been recognized as one of the best wildlife photographers in the region, his photos have been featured in National Geographic and other journals. As a travel agent Andre specializes in curating unique experiences, crafting tailor made itineraries and helping visitors make the best of their vacation, always putting the experience first
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