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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    06/26/2012 - 1:00 pm | View Link
  • What the Death of Lonesome George, the World's Last Pinta Island Tortoise, Reminds Us About Conservation
    He may have been earth’s rarest creature, but Lonesome George’s fate has been a common one ... they were overjoyed—they had thought his group extinct. They tried for decades to entice him to mate with female tortoises from neighboring islands ...
    06/25/2012 - 6:22 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 - 4:13 am | View Link
  • George's death brings extinction to Pinta Island tortoise
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    06/24/2012 - 8:24 pm | View Link
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