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Chris Schalk [00:00:00] In captivity, I think the longest one documented was about 70 years.

Chris Schalk [00:00:05] But, in terms of estimates of wild individuals, it's challenging, right, because oftentimes these animals outlive the researcher studying them.

Chris Schalk [00:00:16] So, you know, if you're not starting to study them until you're in your twenties or thirties, and you study them for 30 years, you know, that's equivalent of one generation time for this species.

Chris Schalk [00:00:28] And so, being able to track and understand the dynamics of these populations is challenging for researchers, kind of given their life history and how long-lived they are.