Diego is a 100 years-old Galapagos tortoise who has single-handedly saved his species from extinction by fathering more than 800 children. Diego is a Chelonoidis Hoodensis, a species of Galapagos tortoise found in the wild only on the island of Espanola, off the coast of South America.
Fifty years before Diego came to the island, there were only two males and 12 females on the island. He was taken from Espanola sometime between 1900 and 1959 by a scientific expedition and located to San Diego Zoo, but he was brought back to the Galapagos in 1976 and put in the captive breeding program.
His wild libido came to fore more recently when scientists were studying the genetics of tortoise on the island and found that he was responsible for more than 40% of the population of the species. That’s quite a feat!
Diego presently lives in an enclosure with six females at a tortoise breeding centre on Santa Cruz Island, one of the largest in the Galapagos.
Keep it coming! *Wink, Wink!*
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