Pinta Island Tortoises are Now Extinct

Rarest creature in the world

Lonesome George, the iconic symbol of conservation efforts, has passed away at the approximate age of 100 on the Galápagos Island of Santa Cruz.  George was the last of his species, the Pinta Island Tortoise (Geochelone nigra abingdoni).  A species that was hunted by fisherman and sailors to what was thought to be the brink of extinction until George was discover in 1972 on Pinta Island.

Charles Darwin formulated his theory of evolution in the 19th century with the help of species like the giant Galápagos tortoises.  Some 20,000 giant tortoise subspecies are still on the Galápagos and can live up to 200 years old.

A few months back I wrote about the wildlife species and outdoor adventures that each of the Galápagos islands offer.  The conservation efforts of this area will hopefully insure a long lasting existence of the other inhabitants so the fascination and exploration can continue in this remarkable place.

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