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Special Issue on Earth's Disappearing Animals (13 of 13)

Caption: Aldabra giant tortoises (Aldabrachelys gigantean), ecological replacements for the extinct Mauritian giant tortoises (Cylindraspis species), were translocated to the offshore Mauritian island, Round Island, via helicopter in 2007, over 150 years after the native giant tortoises went extinct. This image relates to a paper that appeared in the 25 July, 2014, issue of Science, published by AAAS. The paper, by Philip J. Seddon at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, and colleagues was titled, 'Reversing defaunation: Restoring species in a changing world.'

Credit: Christine Griffiths

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