Slow and Steady

October 4, 2017

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Photo Credit: ©Eleanor Briggs

Myanmar's Burmese star tortoise, medium-sized with a distinct pattern on its shell, has been brought back from the brink of extinction.

These tortoises numbered only a few hundred animals in the early 2000s. But alongside a team of conservationists and government partners, we've conducted an aggressive captive-breeding program to grow the species' numbers. Thanks to that effort, the tortoise population has reached over 7,000 individuals.

Get the full scoop from the New York Times.

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