The Galapagos National Park (PNG) issued a press release stating the new species had been named Chelonoidis donfaustoi in honor of Fausto Llerena, the historic caretaker of George, a Galapagos' emblematic giant tortoise
who died in 2012 at the estimated age of 102.
Over the past 50 years, more than 5,000 giant tortoises
have hatched in the archipelago as a result of a breeding program on the second biggest GalEipagos Island, Santa Cruz, according to Ecuador's environment ministry.
We encounter one of the island's celebrities -an Aldabra giant tortoise
lovingly called Big Daddy.
Caption: Officials have voted to use gigantea as part of the species name describing the iconic giant tortoises
of the Aldabra Atoll in the Indian Ocean.
The giant tortoise
Lonesome George, whose failed efforts to produce offspring made him a symbol of disappearing species, was found dead on Sunday, officials at the Galapagos National Park announced.
Because Aldabra giant tortoises
are native to the Seychelles - an archipelago off the eastern coast of Africa - Ozzie has had some difficulty adjusting to Oregon's winter climate, even in a heated indoor enclosure.
The Galapagos National Park has been successful over the years in breeding some of the giant tortoise
subspecies and releasing them back in the wild.
No giant tortoises
to trip over and definitely no palm spider webs to accidently walk into.
Ecuadorian fishermen, upset by the shutdown of the seacucumber industry, "responded by slaughtering giant tortoises
, which are endangered, and by laying siege to the Charles Darwin Research Station and threatening to burn it down," says Hollinger, who says the situation struck him as "an incredible Darwinian struggle.
Unique species of marine iguanas, giant tortoises
and mockingbirds reside on the archipelago that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
As The New York Times reports, in recent months fishermen agitated over 1998 laws limiting the catch of sharks, lobsters and sea cucumbers have attacked conservation centers, harassed tourists and even kidnapped some of the islands' emblematic giant tortoises
There is a big risk that the accident could turn into an environmental disaster, he asserts: the Galapagos archipelago is home to 60,000 sea lions, 50,000 seals, 10,000 giant tortoises
, numerous iguanas, blue-footed boobies and many rare birds.