Extinct Galapagos tortoises to be bred back to life

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Lonesome George, the last of the Pinta Island saddleback tortoises, died in 2012 after living for over one hundred years. Though George is gone, his species may not suffer the same tragic fate. Scientists are hard at work reviving the Pinta Island saddleback, also known as Abingdon Island tortoise, through selective breeding of related species found on nearby  Galapagos islands . Read the rest of Extinct Galapagos tortoises to be bred back to life

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RIP ‘Lonesome George’: World’s Last Pinta Giant Tortoise Dies

June 27, 2012 by  
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We’re sad to report that ‘Lonesome George’, the world’s last Pinta giant tortoise died last night at the young age of 100 in the Galapagos Islands, off the coast of Ecuador . He was found dead in his enclosure by his long-time keeper Fausto Llerena. As the last surving member of the sub-species ‘Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni’ , George was famous for being the world’s rarest creature. Read the rest of RIP ‘Lonesome George’: World’s Last Pinta Giant Tortoise Dies Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Animals , extinction , galapagos , george , giant tortoise , lonesome george

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