Scientists hope to restore extinct Galapagos tortoise

QUITO, Ecuador — Scientists in Ecuador’s Galapagos islands are hoping to restore a tortoise species believed extinct since the 1800s.

The Chelonoidis elephantopus lived on Floreana Island and was captured by seamen in large numbers for food during long journeys across the Pacific. The species is thought to have disappeared shortly after Charles Darwin’s celebrated visit to the treasured archipelago.

A giant tortoise species walks in a breeding centre at the Galapagos National Park in

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