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.
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  • 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 ...
    06/26/2012 - 1:00 am | 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
  • 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
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  • 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, is a ...
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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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  • Lonesome George, Last of His Kind, Dies in Galápagos
    The giant tortoise Lonesome George is seen at the Darwin Research Station in the Galápagos. Photograph by Pete Oxford, Minden Pictures/Corbis
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  • 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 ...
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