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Around 50 years ago, there were only two males and 12 females of Diego's species alive on Espanola.
To save his species, Chelonoidis hoodensis, Diego was brought in from California's San Diego Zoo.
Diego is currently in quarantine before his triumphant return to Española, considered one of the oldest parts of the Galápagos.
Nigrita is an 80-year-old Galapagos tortoise that lives at the Zoo Zürich in Switzerland. She also happens to be making a big difference for her endangered species. Nigrita laid her first eggs this year. Most species don’t live to be 80 years old, let alone give birth at that age, but for her species, it’s quite normal!
Nigrita is currently part of a breeding program at the zoo, which makes her nine hatchlings all the more special. It’s up to tortoises like Nigrita to ensure the survival of her species.