Patrick Cook

Science

Captive breeding programme leads to growth in tortoise population

Captive breeding can prove to be a useful conservation approach in restoring populations of diminished wild animals. After the death of “Lonesome George” in 2012, the Galapagos now has a real conservation success story to tell of a closely related tortoise. The Hood Island tortoise once dwindled to a population of just 15 individuals, but now…