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Lonesome George, Last Pinta Tortoise in Galápagos has Died

The staff at the Galápagos National Park has announced that the tortoise Lonesome George has died. George had become an emblem of the Galápagos Islands and a symbol of wildlife conservation worldwide. He was the last known survivor of Pinta Island in Galápagos, and his passing marks the extinction of the subspecies. In the decades we’ve been sharing the wonder of Galápagos with our guests, thousands of them have seen and photographed George on Santa Cruz Island, learning of his plight. His death is a sad day for our staff, especially those who have worked in Galápagos for years. The important work and tremendous successes of the Galápagos National Park Service in repopulating other islands continues.

One Comment

  1. Alice Maslanka says:

    We visited the Galapagos with NG last June. We feel blessed to have seen Lonesome George, and we mourn the lost of his subspecies. Hopefully, organizations such as yours will continue to help the people of our wonderfully rich world understand the need to care for “all creatures great and small.”

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