In the news - Lonesome George
The Galapagos Islands is mourning the loss of one of its most famous inhabitants after the death of Lonesome George, a 100-year-old giant tortoise believed to be the last of his sub-species.
In the news: Teaching Resources - 25 June
Famed tortoise found dead
The Galapagos Islands is mourning the loss of one of its most famous inhabitants after the death of Lonesome George, a 100-year-old giant tortoise believed to be the last of his sub-species. The tortoise was found in his enclosure by his long-time keeper, his neck stretched out towards his watering hole. A necropsy is expected to be performed in the next few days to determine the cause of death. Lonesome George was thought to be the last of the Pinta Island giant tortoises, and it is likely that his death has resulted in the extinction of his subspecies. He gained worldwide fame as the symbol for conservation efforts in the Galapagos Islands, which is still home to over 20,000 subspecies of giant tortoise.
- Teach pupils about biodiversity, examples of extinctions and causes of extinctions with this resource from Nick L.
- Explore Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and how animals have evolved and adapted to suit their environment.
- Students can learn about species and conservation issues in the Galapagos Islands by researching, scripting and presenting their own news bulletin.
- This activity is designed to teach students about endangered species, what it means to be endangered and what causes a species to become endangered.
Further news resources
- Help your pupils understand the features of the front page of a newspaper.
- Get students creating their own news report with this step-by-step guide
- A sociological and media perspective on what makes an event 'newsworthy'.
- Help pupils to write their own TV news broadcast with this handy PowerPoint.
- A scheme of work to help students structure news stories.
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