Ode to Lonesome George, The Last Galápagos Tortoise of Pinta Island
The tortoise Lonesome George was the last surviving member of Pinta Island. George had become an emblem of the Galápagos Islands and a symbol of wildlife conservation worldwide. 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.