World Loses Lonesome George the Last Pinta Tortoise

The only remaining Pinto Island tortoise has passed away leaving the world with one less species, the Galapagos National Park Service said. The 100-year-old turtle, known as Lonesome George was discovered in 1972. At the time of his discovery, scientists thought the species had already extinct. Initial efforts to keep the breed alive by mating similar tortoises failed. “Later two females from the Espanola tortoise population (the species most closely related to Pinta tortoises genetically) were with George until the end,” the park service said. Because of his death, the park services will hold an internationally attended workshop where naturalists will work on strategies to restore tortoises populations. For more info on the conservation efforts that George has inspired, click here.

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