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.




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