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Second Chance for Lost Galapagos Tortoises?

By Bob Grant | September 14, 2017

Researchers are trying to recreate an extinct species of the lumbering reptiles by breeding closely related species that contain traces of the lost lineage’s DNA.


image: Lonesome George Dies Alone

Lonesome George Dies Alone

By Hayley Dunning | June 25, 2012

The world’s last Pinta Island tortoise died this past weekend at the age of 100.


image: Rare Reptiles Breed in Wild

Rare Reptiles Breed in Wild

By Jef Akst | April 27, 2012

Two baby ploughshare tortoises born to parents raised in a captive breeding program are discovered in Madagascar, validating the conservation effort.


image: Telltale Tortoises

Telltale Tortoises

By Jef Akst | April 1, 2012

Researchers are permanently marking endangered reptiles in Madagascar to keep the animals from entering the illegal wildlife trade. Read the full story. [gallery]


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Marked for Life

By Jef Akst | April 1, 2012

Conservationists working in Madagascar are doing the unthinkable—defacing the shells of endangered ploughshare tortoises—but it may be the animals’ last hope.


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