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 ›

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  • 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
    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 ...
    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 ...
    06/26/2012 - 1:00 am | View Link
  • Pinta Island tortoise Lonesome George dies aged approximately 100
    Lonesome George's longtime caretaker ... watering hole" on Santa Cruz Island, the statement said. Lonesome George was discovered on Pinta Island in 1972 at a time when tortoises of his type were already believed to be extinct. Since then, the animal ...
    06/25/2012 - 7:39 pm | View Link
  • Lessons From the Death of Lonesome George, the World's Last Pinta Island Tortoise
    When Galapagos National Park officials first spotted Lonesome George in 1971, they were overjoyed—they had thought his group extinct. They tried for decades to entice him to mate with female tortoises ... Lonesome George’s case reminds us that there ...
    06/25/2012 - 6:22 am | View Link
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    The giant tortoise is threatened by introduced species to the islands which prey on young tortoises, and cattle which compete for grazing vegetation. Learn about the ...
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  • Pinta Island tortoise
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    Last Survivor Died 2012 The Pinta Island Tortoise has long been considered extinct in the wild. The last known member of the species was found in 1972 and transferred ...
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  • 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.
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