Lonesome George, the last Pinta Island Tortoise

Last of his kind: Lonesome George, a 100-year old giant Pinta Island tortoise, passed away on June 24, 2012. George was the last known individual of his subspecies, Geochelone abingdoni, also called the Pinta Island tortoise or Abingdon Island tortoise.

The giant tortoise Lonesome George, Galápagos

Lonesome George, Galápagos
Photo by Pete Oxford, Minden Pictures/Corbis

The subspecies represented by George was thought to be extinct already. Then in 1971, George was found. George was taken in captivity and placed with females of a closely-related subspecies, but George did not show any interest. He earned his lonesome nickname while living at the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island, part of Galápagos National Park.
Lonesome Geroge in 1997, Image by Tui De Roy/Minden Pictures/Corbis

Lonesome George in 1997
Image by Tui De Roy, Minden Pictures/Corbis

Lonesome George, Last of His Kind, Dies in Galápagos
Christine Dell’Amore, National Geographic News, June 25, 2012

The most endangered turtles and tortoises, TIME, May 23, 2013


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