Monday, June 25, 2012
Lonesome George has died.
The Giant Tortoise Center for Reproduction and Captive Breeding is a program of the Galapagos National Park. Lonesome George was the last known individual of the Pinta Island Tortoise (Geochelone nigra abingdoni) and was taken into protective custody from its island in 1972. George was estimated to be 90 to 110 years old. Females of a related species had been introduced in the hopes of breeding with George. No fertile eggs resulted.
Painted tortoise is based on an image from putneymarkflickr