Giant tortoises are seen at a breeding centre of Galapagos National Park in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, in the Galapagos Islands, some 900 km off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, on April 15, 2021. - When the coronavirus pandemic arrived in South America, human activity on the Galapagos Islands ground almost to a halt, leaving giant tortoises, iguanas and other endemic species to themselves. A four-month lockdown from February last year after COVID-19 was first detected on the continent resulted in a total hiatus for tourism and near complete shutdown of scientific activity. (Photo by Rodrigo BUENDIA / AFP)
Analysis of the Galapagos giant tortoise's DNA was funded by the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund. AFP

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