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The lone female has since been safely relocated from Fernandina to a tortoise breeding facility on a neighboring island. Meanwhile, the search continues for others of her species — particularly a potential mate from whom a resurgence of their kind can blossom.

In the recent past, the Galapagos’ breeding program has helped stave off extinction for other rare tortoises on the small island chain. And, with any luck, one day this species will manage to return from the brink as well — slowly, as is their nature, but steadily, too.


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