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Hope For Lonesome George: Last On A Dying Breed

by | 2nd, May 2007

lonesome_george-isla_santa_cruz.jpg LONESOME George is a Galapagos giant tortoise. He is believed to be the only example of his species left alive in the world. His death will bring about the extinction of his kind. Cited in the Guinness Books of Records as the most endangered creature on the planet, Lonesome George has become a conservation icon.

In 1971 he was discovered on the remote island of Pinta, from which tortoises had supposedly been exterminated. He has been in captivity ever since, in the hope that some ingenious scientist will conjure up a way for him to reproduce and resurrect his species.

Meanwhile, a million tourists and dozens of baffled scientists have looked on as George shows not a jot of interest in two female tortoises from another island put into his enclosure more than 15 years ago.

But there is hope yet for Lonesome George new research indicates that George might not be quite so alone…Another tortoise, with half its genes in common with him has been found . ..

The world’s leading expert on Lonesome George, Dr Henry Nicholls said:

“This is an extraordinary discovery that injects new hope into Lonesome George’s incredible life story. It’s certainly the best news he’s had in his long lifetime.

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