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Nothing happens too quickly in the tortoise world but this is a comeback worth the wait.
在乌龟的世界里没有什么事会来得太快,不过巨型陆龟的回归可绝对是一件值得等待的事情。
The Floreana tortoise, once thought wiped out, has been on the extinction list for a century and a half.
曾被认为已在我们视野里消失了的佛罗里安那象龟在已灭绝动物名单中待了一个半世纪。
Now, with careful conservation, the species is being brought back from the dead.
而现在,经过人们精心的保护,这个物种竟然“起死回生”了。
The species became extinct from its home island of Floreana during the mid-nineteenth century after hunting and exploitation from the first settlers.
在十九世纪中期,由于佛罗里安那的第一批定居者在岛上的捕猎和开发,佛罗里安那象龟在其家乡彻底消失了。
Some Floreana were dropped on other islands breeding with other tortoises.
一些佛罗里安那象龟被遗弃在其它岛屿上,与别的品种的乌龟共同繁殖。
But now the original species is slowly and steadily staging its return.
但现在,佛罗里安那象龟的数量正在缓慢而稳定地回归。
A breeding programme at the Galapagos National Park has yielded dozens of Floreana pure-bred tortoises, with hopes of thousands more in the coming years.
加拉帕戈斯国家公园的育种计划已经培养了数十种佛罗里安那纯种象龟,并希望其数量在未来达到数千种。
They’ll be given time to grow into their shells within the national park.
人们给这些巨型龟们足够的时间,让它们待在国家公园里直到长好龟壳。
Then it’s hoped that in five years the Floreana will be released back into the wild to reclaim their island.
之后希望在五年内,佛罗里安那象龟可以被放回到其生长岛屿的野生环境中生活。
But there’s no rush!
不过这些都需要慢慢来。

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What is the name of the species thought to be wiped out?
A  The Floreana tortoise.
B The pandas.
C We don't know.
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