Lonesome George

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
£10.00

God bless you, George, may you rest in peace. 
Deira Watson
£20.00

We saw you when we last visited. May you Rest in Peace old fellow. 
Roberta Taylor 
£10.00

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.
Wendy Garland
£10.00

I am so pleased I got to meet you. I hope you are in peace now.
Anon
£20.00

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
£20.00

Rest in Peace George. You will always represent how fragile the wildlife of Galapagos and the rest of the world is. 
Abigail Rowley 
£10.00

What a hero. Thanks for everything, George.
Kate Green & Chris Johnson 
£50.00

Goodbye George xxx Such a sad day. I feel very privileged to have known about you.
Jane Jones
£10.00

I hope you are happy in a happy place with your fellow Pinta Islanders now, we are sorry to lose you.
James Vause
£10.00

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.
Anon.
£10.00

Sending my sympathy for all of his keepers, and best wishes for your future work.
Anon.
£20.00

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.
Carol Sear
£20.00

I hope they took some DNA so you can be cloned!
Julian Tyacke
£20.00

Dear George, R.I.P, it is very sad to see you go, miss you very much. Love Zoe (13) 
Zoe & Karen Bradbury
£10.00

End of an era…good luck for the next!
David Amner
£50.00

Privileged to have known you. Rest in peace old man.
Archie & Susan Finlay
£10.00

You were the ‘Face of Galapagos’ and you’ll be sadly missed. I’m glad I saw you in 2004.
Caroline Hughes
£10.00

Goodbye my old friend. It was an honour to meet you and I’ll never forget you.
Amanda Horley
£20.00

Let your death not be in vain George. Priviledged to have seen you with our own eyes.
Eve & Paul Bolton
£20.00

I had an amazing cruise in the Galapagos in 2009. So sad to hear of George’s death.
Pete Firmin
£50.00

Privileged to have seen Lonesome George. His memory will live on in a very significant.
Terry Green
£25.00

How sad, I loved that tortoise.
Dr Frow
£10.00

We never saw you because you hid!
Dr & Mrs Green
£25.00

I visited Lonesome George in January, 2011. What a privilege to have seen him.
Joy Welty
£10.00

Fair weather and good hunting in the next life.
Anon.
£20.00

Honoured to have met you George.
Anon.
£10.00

What a sad news for us who loved you George, we are honoured to have met you last November.
Dr Carlos Rodriguez
£20.00

George will live on in our memories, and as a reminder that we need to do more to conserve our planet.
Dr Mark Rutter
£50.00

May you rest in peace, perhaps with some female tortoises of the Pinta island race.
Nigel Sitwell
£25.00

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.
Hugh Stiles
£50.00

I “met” you in 1999 – such an icon. I always thought I’d return to Galapagos to se you again…..
Susan Potts
£20.00

Dear George, RIP you wonderful animal.
Jane Mansel
£100.00

We were privileged to have met you in 2006. Goodbye George xxx 
Louise Brown-Owen
£20.00

You will be missed.
Margaret Drury
£10.00

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
Greg Ovenden
£30.00

We loved seeing you in 2007 and have often thought of you since. We’ll miss hearing about you.
Dr Rosanne Creighton
£25.00

I’m glad I ‘met’ you back in 2007. Lets not allow this to happen to any more Galapagos Species.
Shaun Ankers
£25.00

A privilege to meet and sketch George in 1989 during my 3 month stay 
Antonia Philips
£10.00

I visited Lonesome George in 2000. He was eating some veg. Very sad day!
Donald Martin
£25.00

Just keep up the good work. Visited the Islands in 2010 and they made a great impression on us.
Louise Wood
£10.00