100-year-old Galapagos giant tortoise Diego saved his entire species from extinction by producing about 800 offspring

A male tortoise named Dingo has bred about 800 offspring in 100 years, saving the species from extinction, according to The Daily Mail. And humanity would have lost this species forever, if not for Diego, who became famous for his zeal for reproduction.

It was accidentally discovered at the San Diego Zoo after the giant tortoise on the island of Hood was recognized as a separate biological species. Then those turtles almost disappeared. However, biologists decided to give Diego a chance and instructed him to preserve the species. But no one expected such a result – Diego not only saved, but revived his species.

The project to save the giant tortoises on the island of Hood has created 2,000 new individuals on the island, 40% of which were for Diego cubs. This is a huge amount for the natural world. Diego now lives in the tortoise breeding center with his group of six female tortoises and continues to actively breed.

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