Pinta Island Tortoises Go Extinct With Lonesome George's Passing

Lonesome George, the only known Pinta Island tortoise in existence, passed away on June 24 at the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos Islands. Scientists have tried to find George the perfect mate since he was discovered in 1971 in order to preserve his genes in living animals. But since there were no females in his subspecies — Chelonoidis nigra abingdonii — the scientific community tasted several instances of almost-victories that ultimately led to defeat.George was…Read more at Tecca ›

  • Pinta Island (Galapagos) Tortoise Now Extinct with Death of ‘Lonesome George’
    munching through the remaining tortoises’ habitats. With George’s passing, the islands today house just ten tortoise subspecies, most of which are very rare. In fact, George’s subspecies was thought extinct until he was found on Pinta Island in 1971.
    07/6/2012 - 1:00 pm | View Link
  • Pinta Island tortoises go extinct with Lonesome George’s passing
    Scientists tried and failed to preserve his genes in living animals; now the subspecies is gone forever Lonesome George, the only known Pinta Island tortoise in existence, passed away on June 24 at the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos ...
    06/26/2012 - 3:12 pm | View Link
  • Pinta Island tortoise Lonesome George dies aged approximately 100
    Lonesome ... George's longtime caretaker, Fausto Llerena, found the tortoise's remains stretched out in the "direction of his watering hole" on Santa Cruz Island, the statement said. Lonesome George was discovered on Pinta Island in 1972 at a time when ...
    06/25/2012 - 4:13 am | View Link
  • Lonesome George Last Giant Tortoise of Pinta Island Dies
    A giant tortoise, which is believed to be the last member of the Pinta island subspecies ... With the death of George, the Pinta subspecies has become extinct. Lonesome George's age is not yet known but he was believed to be 100 years old when he died ...
    06/25/2012 - 2:42 am | View Link
  • George's death brings extinction to Pinta Island tortoise
    Lonesome George was found on Pinta in 1972 although Pinta tortoises were thought to be extinct. Since then ... Two female tortoises collected on Wolf Volcano (Isabela Island) were put in Lonesome George's corral. These females produced eggs at the end ...
    06/24/2012 - 8:24 pm | View Link
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  • Lonesome George | Galapagos Conservancy
    Lonesome George, the last Pinta Island Tortoise in the world, is an icon for Galapagos. (Photo by Alizon Llerena)
    07/22/2014 - 11:02 am | View Website
  • Tortoise Trust Web
    LONESOME GEORGE. By Vicki Seal. The rarest animal in the world today is a giant tortoise which lives in the Galapagos Islands. There is only one Pinta Island tortoise ...
    07/22/2014 - 8:53 am | View Website
  • Profile: Pinta Island Tortoise
    The Pinta Island tortoise went extinct when Lonesome George died on June 24, 2012.
    07/22/2014 - 7:20 am | View Website
  • Pinta Island tortoise
    The Pinta Island tortoise Chelonoidis nigra abingdonii), also known as the Pinta giant tortoise Abingdon Island tortoise or Abingdon Island giant tortoise was a ...
    07/21/2014 - 11:14 pm | View Website
  • Lonesome George
    Lonesome George (c. 1910 – June 24, 2012) was a male Pinta Island tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra abingdonii) and the last known individual of the subspecies.
    07/21/2014 - 1:19 pm | View Website
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