Lonesome George, the last known individual of the Pinta Island Tortoise, subspecies Geochelone nigra abingdoni, is pictured at Galapagos National Park's breeding center in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz island, Galapagos on March 18, 2009. Lonesome George died on June 24, 2012 at the age of 100 aproximately, making the Pinta Island Tortoise extict. AFP PHOTO/Rodrigo BUENDIARODRIGO BUENDIA/AFP/GettyImages Tortoise, National Parks, Giant Tortoi, Pinta Islands, Lonesome George, Galapago Islands, Turtle, Islands Tortoi, 100 Years
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The Pinta Island Tortoise, a subspecies of the Galápagos tortoise, may be the most recent large animal to be declared extinct. The last of the line, the over 100-year old male dubbed Lonesome George (that's him, above), died on June 24, 2012 from heart failure.
Lonesome George (Galapagos Tortoise) - the sole surviving member of his species who were hunted to near extinction - has died today (June 25th, 2012). He was estimated to be around 100 years old. How profoundly sad to witness the extinction of one of the species with whom we share this planet. ♥
galapagos tortoise ~ Tortoises (Testudinidae) are a family of land-dwelling reptiles in the order Testudines
RIP Lonesome George. Sadly this last member of a very rare Galapagos giant tortoise, died yesterday at the age of 100, making his species extinct :(