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Pinzón Giant Tortoise (Geochelone nigra ephippium)
No longer able to raise its young in the wild, this Critically Endangered species is in urgent need of a permanent solution.

For nearly 150 years, invasive rats on Pinzón have been devouring every single tortoise egg or hatchling, leaving an aging population of tortoises to die off. In 1970, to address this issue and restore the population, the Galápagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station began harvesting clutches of eggs and raising them in captivity until they are at a ‘rat-proof’ size to be released. While this has been successful in increasing the tortoise population, the program depends on staffing and resources – which are not always available. In order to permanently protect the tortoise and allow them to reproduce in the wild, invasive rats must be removed from the island.

In support of work led by the Galápagos National Park, Island Conservation,
Charles Darwin Foundation, The Raptor Center, Durrell Wildlife Conservation
Trust, Galápagos Government Council, and Bell Laboratories are working to
restore native species populations on Pinzón and Plaza Sur Islands in 2012  by removing invasive rodents. Other species that will benefit from the restoration include the Pinzón Lava Lizard, Galápagos Land and Marine Iguanas, Galápagos Hawks, finches, doves, seabirds, and more. 
Pinzón Island, Galapagos—home to some the rarest and most threatened species in the world, including the Critically Endangered Pinzón Giant Tortoise.

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