Thought to have been extinct for over 100 years, is the Fernandina giant tortoise found on the remote, highly volcanic island in Galapagos Archipelago.
Due to the high levels of frequent volcanic activity, scientists believed that there were no longer any surviving species of the native tortoise, however they made a monumental discovery when they stumbled upon this female on her lonesome, alive and well. Sparking the possibility that this species could in fact be brought back from extinction. Scientists are now waiting to confirm through blood tests if she is in fact one of this kind.
She is believed to be over 100 years old and upon discovery was transferred to Santa Cruz Island, home to the giant tortoise breeding centre. With the knowledge of her existence, scientists and park rangers returned to the island in search of a mate.
What was discovered was evidence that in fact at least one more turtle of the same breed was still surviving on the island, however due to the mass vegetation and continuous volcanic activity it has been essentially impossible to track the other tortoise down.
However, experts have not backed down and are continuing on their search to find her mate and bring this beautiful species back to life.
The last sighting of this breed was a male tortoise 112 years ago, so the discovery of this giant lady has been nothing short of immense for both park rangers and scientists.