Pinta Island tortoise In June 2012, the last surviving member of the Pinta Island tortoise community, famously known as Lonesome George, died. However, recent genetic evidence found by researchers around Eucador’s Galápagos Islands have raised hope that at least one specimen of the species could be still alive and breeding.
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. <3