Endangered 80-year-Old Tortoise Becomes A First-Time Mom

Nigrita is an 80 year old Galapagos tortoise that lives at the Zoo Zürich in’ Switzerland.

Native to the islands with the same name, the Galapagos tortoise are the largest tortoise species, weighing up to 900lb.

They-are-also able to live more than 150-years. Unfortunately, back in the 70s, the species was at the verge of extinction with only ten individuals left in the wild.
She also happens to be making a big difference for her endangered species

Nigrita laid her first eggs this year. Most species don’t live to be 80 years old, let alone give birth at that age, but for her species, it’s quite normal!

In fact, these tortoises typically don’t start reproducing until around age 40. Galapagos tortoises are known as one of the longest-living animals on-Earth. By tortoise standards, Nigrita is in her prime.

Although Galapagos tortoises can live to be over 150-years-old, there aren’t many left. The species is endangered due to greedy humans and hungry predators.

Nigrita is currently part of a breeding program at the zoo, which makes her nine hatchlings all the more special. It’s up to tortoises like Nigrita to ensure the survival of her species.

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