29 Jun '12, 1pm

With the death of the world's rarest creature, ranger loses his best friend, Lonesome George

With the death of the world's rarest creature, ranger loses his best friend, Lonesome George

Lonesome George passes, taking unique subspecies with him (06/25/2012) Lonesome George, the sole surviving member of the Pinta Island tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni ), was found dead on Sunday by staff at the Galapagos National Park. With George's passing, the Pinta Island tortoise subspecies officially falls into extinction. First found in 1972, Lonesome George became famous for representing the last of his kind. He was believed to be around 100—middle-aged for a Galapagos tortoise which can live to 200 years old. Staff plan to do an autopsy to determine the cause of death. B95, the great survivor (06/11/2012) He is so long-lived that he has surpassed all expectations, touching hearts throughout the American continent, bringing together scientists and schools, inspiring a play and now even his own biography. B95 is the name of a rufus red knot (Calidris canutus ruf...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0629-lonesome-george-martin...

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