Lonesome George was discovered on the island of Pinta and taken into captivity in 1972. At the time, his species was thought to be extinct so hopes were placed on George to bring the Pinta tortoise back from the brink of extinction. For forty years, attempts were made to get George to breed, but despite living in the grounds of the Charles Darwin Research Station where a successful breeding programme for other giant tortoise species takes place, the attempts were unsuccessful. As the last of his subspecies, George became a conservation icon – a symbol for Galapagos. George sadly passed on 24 June 2012 (read the press release from the Galapagos National Park here).
Help to stop his fate being repeated by leaving a tribute in memory of George. All donations will go towards our Lonesome George Tribute Fund.
If you would like to make a donation to the Trust in memory of George, you can do so by:
- Donating Online using the link below
- Texting JUNE24 £10* to 70070 (*amount may be between £1 and £10)
- Phoning the office (020 7399 7440)
- Sending a cheque payable to Galapagos Conservation Trust to 28 Portland Place, London W1B 1LY.
Thank you so much for your support.
Amount raised so far: £1,025
I will always treasure the video I made of George telling one of his mates to get lost. She did!
Sylvia Jean Wilson
God bless you, George, may you rest in peace.
We saw you when we last visited. May you Rest in Peace old fellow.
Team you are doing such a grand job, keep up the good work. We visited the Islands in 2013 and they made such a huge impression on us. We will never forget our wonderful experience.
I am so pleased I got to meet you. I hope you are in peace now.
RIP George, we’re glad we had the privilege of spending several ‘lunch breaks’ with you March 2012. Christine & Geoff, Volunteers Galapagos National Park
Dr Christine Backhaus-Dobson
Rest in Peace George. You will always represent how fragile the wildlife of Galapagos and the rest of the world is.
What a hero. Thanks for everything, George.
Kate Green & Chris Johnson
Goodbye George xxx Such a sad day. I feel very privileged to have known about you.
I hope you are happy in a happy place with your fellow Pinta Islanders now, we are sorry to lose you.
I had the great privilege of seeing you in July 2004 during the trip of a lifetime. you will be fondly remembered. Such sad news.
Sending my sympathy for all of his keepers, and best wishes for your future work.
I feel privileged to have ‘met’ George in December 2004. My thought are with all the staff at the Charles Darwin Centre who are doing such a fabulous job.
I hope they took some DNA so you can be cloned!
Dear George, R.I.P, it is very sad to see you go, miss you very much. Love Zoe (13)
Zoe & Karen Bradbury
End of an era…good luck for the next!
Privileged to have known you. Rest in peace old man.
Archie & Susan Finlay
You were the ‘Face of Galapagos’ and you’ll be sadly missed. I’m glad I saw you in 2004.
Goodbye my old friend. It was an honour to meet you and I’ll never forget you.
Let your death not be in vain George. Priviledged to have seen you with our own eyes.
Eve & Paul Bolton
I had an amazing cruise in the Galapagos in 2009. So sad to hear of George’s death.
Privileged to have seen Lonesome George. His memory will live on in a very significant.
How sad, I loved that tortoise.
We never saw you because you hid!
Dr & Mrs Green
I visited Lonesome George in January, 2011. What a privilege to have seen him.
Fair weather and good hunting in the next life.
Honoured to have met you George.
What a sad news for us who loved you George, we are honoured to have met you last November.
Dr Carlos Rodriguez
George will live on in our memories, and as a reminder that we need to do more to conserve our planet.
Dr Mark Rutter
May you rest in peace, perhaps with some female tortoises of the Pinta island race.
We are responsible for the demise of species like this – we should do what we can to put things right or diminish our heavy trend.
I “met” you in 1999 – such an icon. I always thought I’d return to Galapagos to se you again…..
Dear George, RIP you wonderful animal.
We were privileged to have met you in 2006. Goodbye George xxx
You will be missed.
We will miss you George….. lets hope this money will prevent this from happening to other amazing species! this donation is partly a birthday present for my brilliant Dad Trevor who is a legend just like George 🙂 xxx
We loved seeing you in 2007 and have often thought of you since. We’ll miss hearing about you.
Dr Rosanne Creighton
I’m glad I ‘met’ you back in 2007. Lets not allow this to happen to any more Galapagos Species.
A privilege to meet and sketch George in 1989 during my 3 month stay
I visited Lonesome George in 2000. He was eating some veg. Very sad day!
Just keep up the good work. Visited the Islands in 2010 and they made a great impression on us.