After 150 years, the reproduction and survival of tortoises in the natural state of Pinzón Island was observed again.
It was reported by the Directorate of the Galapagos National Park when making an account of the Pinzón project, carried out since 2012 on the island, according to the Ministry of the Environment.
Before the project, he explained, “the eggs of Finch tortoises of theChelonoidis ephippium they could not hatch and the newborns did not survive due to the presence of the black rat ”.
The rats have been eliminated thanks to a joint effort between the Park and the Island Conservation institutions and The Raptor center.
The first results were obtained in 2015 during a population monitoring of giant tortoises on Pinzón Island. 1,789 hectares in which the park rangers will apply “a specific rodent control product, with systematic coverage.
As a result, “the park rangersseveral neonates who were born in a natural state, after 150 years that this did not happen, according to scientific studies carried out in the place“, Highlighted the Ministry.
According to the Ministry, this can be considered as one of the favorable indicators of the “ecological restoration of the island”.
In the last monitoring of the island, a numerical increase of several species was found that can support this conclusion:giant Pinzón tortoises, lava lizards, galapagos snakes and land birds such as the endemic pigeon (Zenaida galapagoensis), according to the observation of the Park technicians and partner institutions.
The Pinzón program includes a captive reproduction system for turtles, which has allowed during these years the protection of the speciesChelonoidis ephippium.
The captive breeding program of the Directorate of the Galapagos National Park, for years allowed the protection of the Chelonoidis ephippium species, by collecting eggs and hatchlings of neonatal turtles that were transferred to the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center in Santa Cruz, where they grew up to a size that allowed them to survive safely in their natural habitat. In April 2017, about 190 specimens were released.
“This is one of the most important jobs that have been done in the Galapagos. Generations of efforts have been invested and today we can see the results. We have an island in a rapid process of recovery ”, emphasized Walter Bustos, director of the Galapagos National Park.
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