Lonesome George shuffles off
Lonesome George at his home on Santa Cruz Island. Photo: Reuters
Lonesome George was discovered on Pinta Island in 1972 at a time when tortoises of his type were already believed to be extinct. Repeated efforts to breed George failed. ”Later two females from the Espanola tortoise population (the species most closely related to Pinta tortoises genetically) were with George until the end,” the park service said.
Article from The Sydney Morning Herald, www.smh.com.au