Today the world mourns the loss of Lonesome George, a Pinta Island Tortoise. He was the only known remaining tortoise of his kind and the subspecies is now officially extinct. He was an estimated 100 years old though no one knows for sure Lonesome George’s exact age but he was found in 1972 on Pinta, an island in the Galapagos Archipelago.
According to members of the Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS), Lonesome George was discovered this morning in his pen dead by Fausto Llerena, the tortoise’s long-term caretaker. Lonesome George is awaiting a necropsy to determine the cause of death.
In a statement today Edwin Naula, the Director of the GNPS, said, “This July, the GNPS is convening an international workshop to focus on management strategies for the restoration of tortoise populations during the next ten years. The workshop will be held in honor of Lonesome George.“