Diego the Tortoise is a nature-driven reptile is over 100-years-old, and has procreated some 800 offspring, independently saving his species.
Scientists explain the probable sixth mass extinction…
His species were on the edge of extinction on the island of Española in the Galapagos islands, off the coast of South America.
Washington Tapia, a tortoise preservation specialist at Galapagos National Park, said:
He’s a very sexually active male reproducer. He’s contributed immensely to repopulating the island.
Diego is a Chelonoidis hoodensis, a species of Galapagos tortoise found in the wild only on Española.
50 years ago, there were only two males and 12 females left on the Galapagos island, so Diego was moved to nearby Santa Cruz island from San Diego Zoo and then he got busy saving his species.
The world is presently experiencing a ‘biological annihilation’ of its animal species at the hands of humans’, with extinction levels 1000 times higher than expected because of human activity.
A group of experts from the spheres of science told UNILAD how we’re in a sixth mass extinction the likes of which hasn’t been seen for 66 million years.
The rate of extinction is happening at a frightening rate. Up to 200 species of plants, insects, birds and mammals are declared gone from this planet every 24 hours.
Global populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles have deteriorated by 58 per cent between 1970 and 2012, according to research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. But don’t take my word for it.
Professor of Animal Welfare & Ethics at University of Winchester, Andrew Knight, told UNILAD:
A mass extinction event is one in which more than 50 per cent of all species have gone extinct. The greatest tragedy of our time is that we’re wiping out all the other species we share the planet with.
There have been five previous mass-extinctions, but this time it’s different, Sailesh Rao, Executive Director of Climate Healers explains:
No other major extinction event in the past was caused by one species.
We’re the only species currently destroying the planet. We’re losing another three per cent [of species] per year.
At that rate, by 2026, it will be 100 per cent. Once they die off, we’re next on the line.
It’s time for humans to take action and pride in our planet so it can continue, instead of terminating it.
Diego is such a trooper, he saved his species. Maybe we can try and save ours, and all the others we’ve negatively affected.