1. says

    Oh wow, that’s really sad. My parents got to visit the Galapagos last year as part of a scientific expedition (really it seemed like just a cruise with a larger than average number of researchers aboard). My mom took at least a dozen photos of Lonesome George and told me all about him. Sad that door has closed.

  2. Rick says

    The most depressing thing in the world is the devastating effect we are having on other species with our irresponsible stewardship of the planet.

    “More people, more scars upon the land”–John Denver

  3. Polyboy says

    CLONE IT! Or at least I hope they’re preserving enough tissue to clone it when the process becomes more reliable.

  4. Jack says

    I was just in the Galapagos last week. I am glad that I got to see him, but it is sad that he is gone. I do commend the Ecuadoran government which is working very hard to return the environment to what it was and to restore the natural balance

  5. MrNye says

    It should be noted that he isn’t the last Galapagos tortoise, just the last of the Pinta subspecies. And he’s been the only one of that variety for decades and attempts to reproduce with other Galapagos subspecies failed. Poor guy. There are still thousands of the big tortoises left on the islands.

  6. WayneInNYC says

    I got to see George when I toured the Galapagos Islands last year. He was living at the Charles Darwin Research Center. He was a Gentle Giant and brought much delight to all who visited the center.

  7. LFB says

    @polyboy It’ll be a very long time before that sort of cloning is possible. Don’t hold your breath!

  8. Los says

    @Rick: Sad but stop there. “Since life first appeared on Earth some 3.8 billion years ago, it has been estimated that more than 99.9% of all species have gone extinct. Billions of species have gone extinct throughout geologic history. Many of these went extinct during mass extinction events, the most famous and well documented of which took place some sixty-four million years ago at the end of the Mesozoic Era. This mass extinction event marked the end of the reign of dinosaurs.”

  9. Bc says

    Survival of the fittest. Humans are the superior species and we should not feel bad about this. Not one person on earths life was lessened by the loss of the species.