25 Jun '12, 11am

Lonesome George Dies, La Pinta Tortoise Now Extinct

Lonesome George Dies, La Pinta Tortoise Now Extinct

The Galapagos tortoises have faced survival challenges ever since humans discovered the islands. Not only were they hunted for their meat — their slow speed made them an easy target — but in the case of the La Pinta tortoises, their habitat was destroyed by feral goats . When Lonesome George was found 40 years ago, he was the only one of his kind to survive the extreme loss of vegetation.

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