This giant tortoise was considered to be extinct a century ago
But researchers have confirmed that a giant tortoise found in the Galapagos islands in 2019
belongs to the Chelonoidis phantasticus species
believed to be extinct for more than 100 years
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK DIRECTOR, DANNY RUEDA, SAYING: "This is one of the most significant findings that the Galapagos National Park has had and that we have been able to inform the world yesterday. It is a dream, it is a hope for a new species of tortoise in Galapagos. We have restored a new species that had been registered as extinct and it gives us the full strength and energy to continue with all our conservation and restoration programs for tortoise populations."
The Galapagos National Park is preparing an expedition
to search for more of the giant tortoises in an attempt to save the species
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK DIRECTOR, DANNY RUEDA, SAYING: ''This tortoise is estimated to be between 80 and 100 years old and weighs 30 kilos. It is a very old tortoise, quite old, but it has a small weight because its size, its size in itself is small and having lived confined in this space for a long time."