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We just received a recent picture of the giant tortoise Diego, thanks to Tom Scott, San Diego State University’s vice president of research, and his wife Bonnie. The Scotts recently returned from a trip to the Charles Darwin Research Station and National Park in the Galapagos Islands, where Diego lives.

Diego, arguably one of the most important tortoises in the world, is responsible for reinvigorating the giant tortoise population the Galapagos Islands, which had been devastated in recent decades. Diego is also a former resident of the San Diego Zoo.

Here is a shot of the 150-year-old stud:

Local politico Tom Shepard gave me the heads up on Diego last week after I put out a call for interesting Darwin-related tidbits to help commemorate the great naturalist’s 200th birthday, which is next Thursday.

I’ll call Tom Scott later today to get his impressions of Diego and life on the Galapagos Isles. Meanwhile, keep sending the Darwin stuff my way. You can e-mail me at: david.washburn@voiceofsandiego.org.

DAVID WASHBURN

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