Check Out This All Black Baby Galapagos Toertoise

A rare species of giant tortoise was feared extinct after over 100 years without any sightings on the Galápagos Islands. But now, officials say they’ve found one.

Feast your eyes upon this all black Galapagos tortoise hatching at the Three Jays Tortoise Sanctuary in Florida.Images Credit: @crittercatchermeg Megan De Angelis visited the sanctuary and posted videos of the adorable critter on Instagram.

Megan says the green paint on his carapace (top shell) is to indicate what clutch this baby came from. According to her, this species is an endangered Galapagos tortoise, one of many the sanctuary has bred for conservation purposes.

Not seen for 100 years, a rare Galápagos tortoise was considered all but extinct – until now.A rare species of giant tortoise was feared extinct after over 100 years without any sightings on the Galápagos Islands. But now, officials say they’ve found one. The species is unique to Fernandina Island, one of the more than a dozen islands in the famous archipelago known for its biodiversity that helped fuel Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution in the 1800s.

Officials with the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative, a collaboration between the Galápagos National Park Directorate and Galápagos Conservancy, a U.S. non-profit dedicated to conservation on the islands, and Animal Planet’s “Extinct or Alive” series said they made the discovery Sunday.The animal was found in good health but underweight and was transported to a breeding center on Santa Cruz Island. Genetic tests will be needed to confirm officials’ belief that the tortoise is of the species unique to Fernandina, the environment ministry said.

“This encourages us to strengthen our search plans to find other turtles, which will allow us to start a breeding program in captivity to recover this species,” said Danny Rueda, director of the Galápagos National Park.The last confirmed sighting was in 1906, but signs that the species may still be alive had been found since, giving researchers hope.

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