Diego, a turtle of the endangered Chelonoidis hoodensis subspecies of the island of Espanola, can be seen in a breeding center in the Galapagos National Park on the island of Santa Cruz in the Galapagos archipelago on 27 February 2019.
"This shows that they can grow, multiply and develop", said Carrion.
The breeding program produced 2,000 tortoises, 40% of which were thanks to Diego, who is now more than 100 years old. As a result, more than two thousand individuals were hatched, and Diego, who is now a hundred years old, can boast of being the proud father of 800 turtles.
Located in the Pacific Ocean, the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador became famous through studies by Charles Darwin on their breathtaking biodiversity. Park Rangers believed he was the patriarch of at least 40 percent of the population of 2,000 turtles.
The story of Diego's skill is in sharp contrast to the sad story of Lonesome George, another species of giant Galapagos turtle that had refused to breed in captivity for years.
Now, with his job in breeding done, he is being released back into the wild on his home island nearly eight decades after being extracted from it.
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The closure of the program means 15 of the breeding adult tortoises - 12 females and 3 males - will be allowed to return to their natural habitat, the first time that's happened since the mid-1960s, the release said.
"He has contributed a lot to the line we are bringing back to Espanola", said Carrion.
Diego weighs around 80 kilograms (175 pounds), is almost 90 centimeters (35 inches) long and 1.5 meters (five feet) long, if he really stretches his legs and neck. George's species, Chelonoidis abingdonii, was wiped out because he never fathered any progeny in all his years at the park.
Scientists found tortoises with ancestry from an extinct Galápagos species and hope to use them to revive the animals.
The islands, 906km west of continental Ecuador, are a Unesco World Heritage site renowned worldwide for their unique array of plants and wildlife, including seals, iguanas, tortoises and birds. They could survive inside ships for upto a year, and so a large number were picked up from the islands.Not all were eaten - they would be cast off a ship when it needed to lose ballast.