Peruvian police rescues 29 endangered Galapagos tortoises

Peruvian authorities rescued 29 endangered Galapagos tortoises that were en route to be sold on the European black market, the National Forest and Wildlife Service (Serfor) said in a news release on Wednesday, April 19.

“They only exist on the Galapagos Islands and it is the first time we’ve seize this species. It’s very rare,” said Jessica Galvez-Durand, the director of wildlife management at Serfor.

Two of the tortoises died due to poor conditions. The tortoises from Ecuador were wrapped in tape and found in a box on a bus. Officials discovered them while investigating wildlife trafficking from Peru to the European black market.

 
 

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