STORY: Species are dying daily, but one is coming back.
Or technically, never went away.
The giant Fernandina tortoise was spotted in the Galapagos islands earlier this month by a crew whose members doubted the tortoise's inclusion on the extinction list.
But Fernandina island in the Galapagos in fact had never been subject to a "viable search effort," in the words of crew member and biologist Forrest Galante.
Galante is a host on the Animal Plant's series, "Extinct or Alive," and pushed for surveying the island in spite of its active volcano and regular temperatures that reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 degrees Celsius).
(SOUNDBITE) (English) FORREST GALANTE, ANIMAL PLANET HOST AND BIOLOGIST, SAYING: "To say we were elated is a huge understatement.
I mean we started jumping around because there was a language barrier, going, 'bravo bravo bravo.'
We were over the moon.
You know for all three scientists involved, it was the largest and most gratifying discovery of our careers." The tortoise, or "Fern," as the crew calls her.
Has been taken to a breeding center on Santa Cruz island in the Galápagos.
And scientists are currently on the hunt for a male Fernandina.