If someone tells you that you are one of the last 15 members of the human species, you must work together for decades to re-produce the population, do you think it can be done?
In fact, in the animal kingdom, this kind of thing is much less stressful. Mating behavior is not just because the species is about to die out, but because it is a natural pursuit. And a 100-year-old tortoise named Diego did it, relying on her mating behavior to keep her community from extinction.
The tortoise, named Diego, was shipped out of the San Diego Zoo in 1976 to participate in a race breeding program. When Diego participated in the racial breeding program, the entire Spanish tortoise population was only 15, including 3 males and 12 females including Diego.
Since then, Diego has raised hundreds of elephant tortoises and has become the father of 40% of the new turtles on the Galapagos Islands. And because of this racial breeding project, there are now about 2,000 Spanish tortoises on the Galapagos Islands.
Recently, officials of the Galapagos Islands said that the 40-year captive breeding program has been successful and that the breeding program of the race is coming to an end. This means that elephant tortoise and its companions are about to retire. 15 captive tortoises, including Diego, will begin quarantine procedures to ensure they do not bring invasive species back to their homes. Officials plan to return them to the Spanish wild in March.
The director of the Galapagos National Park said: “It has made a great contribution to our restoration of Spanish tortoise bloodlines. It is likely that the restoration of Diego’s natural survival is a feeling of happiness for it. About 1800 The turtles have returned to Esparola and now with natural reproduction, we have about 2,000 turtles. This shows that they can grow, reproduce and develop normally. “
For Diego, it is worth noting that it will not only retire from the breeding program, but it will resume field activities. Of course, it is also possible that it will continue to breed offspring in the next few years and continue to prevent the extinction of its species.