In the last 100 years, baby tortoises have been absent from the population of tortoises in the Galapagos Islands, mostly due to our own fault. Humans haven't taken good care of the islands, overfishing and whaling and otherwise destroying the animals' habitats. We've even unwittingly diminished their numbers by bringing rats, animals that eat their eggs and ruin their nests, to their islands.
That's why it's so awesome that the population seems to be improving, with the first baby tortoises in a century born on the islands recently. Scientists say that this news is evidence to support that current conservation efforts are actually working to help protect the species!
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