At the ripe old age of about 130, Diego the Galapagos tortoise is retiring from his role as stud reptile. Brought to the U.S., sometime around 1930, Diego spent 30 years in the San Diego Zoo’s breeding program. He was returned to Ecuador in 1977 to help the endangered tortoise population on Espanola Island. This year, Ecuador’s environmental ministry announced Diego has earned a much-deserved break, having sired about 1,700 offspring and bringing the population from 15 to about 2,000.
Photo Credit: Galapagos National Park
Contains files from The Canadian Press