BLOGS
Endangered Galapagos Tortoises Saved From Suspected Traffickers
Agence France-Presse   |   4/20/2017 1:20:08 PM

Nearly three dozen Galapagos tortoises considered vulnerable to extinction will return to Ecuador after being rescued in Peru from alleged traffickers, the Galapagos National Park said Wednesday.

Peruvian wildlife authorities found 29 small tortoises -- two of them dead -- in a cardboard box on a bus on its way from northern Peru to Lima.

Officials made the discovery while working to identify a suspected international wildlife trafficking ring, which has a route from Peru to the European black market.

The driver and transportation company are under investigation.

As the tortoises are small, Galapagos park officials said genetic studies will be necessary to determine the zone of the archipelago they were taken from.

Eleven species of giant tortoises call the Galapagos Islands home.

The Pacific island chain off the coast of Ecuador is famous for its unique flora and fauna studied by Charles Darwin as he developed his theory of evolution.

Lonesome George, the last known member of the subspecies Geochelone nigra abingdoni, died in 2012.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

      


Comments
Waste Management
Campaign Ambassador
"We have to remember that we can't keep abusing the environment and every one of us can and should do our bit"
THE GREEN RUN
Share Your Green Idea
Your city could get the biggest tree on our Green Map. Write in with your ideas here.
You can also send us your ideas at
greenathon@ndtv.com
Green stat of the day
One Pet bottle can be recycled into bristles for 20 tooth brushes.

NDTV
UPDATES
WITH