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January 12, 2020 - Independent

Tortoise who saved species by fathering hundreds returns to Galapagos

Tortoise who saved species by fathering hundreds returns to Galapagos
A dome shelled Galapagos giant tortoise Credit: Mathew Field

A tortoise who helped save his species from extinction by having hundreds of children will be released into his homeland after spending eight decades away, conservation authorities have said.

Diego earned a reputation for having lots of sex during a captive breeding scheme for giant tortoises in the Galapagos Islands, and the 100-year-old has now reportedly fathered over 800 children. He will soon be released into the wild on his native Espanola Island after officials said the programme – which recruited Diego from San Diego Zoo four decades ago – has been a success.

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