Last Known Pinta Island Galapagos Tortoise Dies, Rendering Species Extinct: VIDEO


The last known Pinta Island Tortoise, an individual who had come to be known as Lonesome George, died yesterday, rendering the species extinct. George has been a symbol for international conservation efforts.

Pinta Island Tortoises have a life span of up to 200 years. George was only about 100, researchers say. Conservationists plan to embalm his body so it may be used for educational purposes.

Watch video of George and his keeper, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted June 25, 2012 at 1:59pm ETC by Andy Towle
in Nature, News