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Diego- the giant tortoise and Galápagos National Park

Posted on : 19 Feb 2020

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  • Diego is 100 years old and joined the breeding programme in 1976.
  • The tortoise population has since gone up from 15 to 2,000.
  • He is responsible for about 40% of the offspring produced.
  • Another male tortoise ‘E5’ has generated about 60% offspring.
  • Diego has a long leathery neck, dull-yellow face and beady eyes. Fully stretched out, he extends to about five feet and weighs about 176 pounds.
  • The long neck is critical for his species’ survival, helping the tortoises crane their necks to feed on cacti.
  • IUCN Red List Status: Critically Endangered
  • Galapagos National Park was created in 1959 and it was the first national park of Ecuador.
  • The Galápagos Islands were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.

Article Related Questions

  1. Consider the following statements regarding Galapagos National Park
    1.It was created in 1959 and it was the first national park of South Africa.
    2.The Galapagos Islands were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.
    Which of the following statement is/are correct?

  2. 1.1 only

    2.2 only

    3.Both 1 and 2

    4.Neither 1 nor 2

    Right Ans : 2 only

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