Pinta Island tortoise

pinta island tortoise Lonesome George giant turtle Galápagos Ecuador Abingdon island Chelonoidis abingdonii recently extinct conservation biodiversity endemic species restoration

pinta island tortoise Lonesome George giant turtle Galápagos Ecuador Abingdon island Chelonoidis abingdonii recently extinct conservation biodiversity endemic species restoration

 

Pinta Island tortoise – is a species of Galápagos tortoise once native to Ecuador’s Pinta Island. The decline of the population began in the 17th century, due to buccaneers and whalers. They hunted tortoises as a source of fresh meat, and took away about 200,000 tortoises collectively. By the mid-20th century, the species was assumed to be extinct, until a single male was discovered on the island in 1971. He was named Lonesome George and died on 24 June 2012 – the species is believed to have become extinct with his death.

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