Two years ago today, Galapagos lost its much loved conservation icon, Lonesome George. Discovered on the island of Pinta, George was transported to the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz 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 unfortunately to no avail. As the last known individual of his species, George became a conservation icon – a symbol of the fragility of Galapagos and the natural world.
Today, George’s memory lives on in everyone who supports and works on protecting the Galapagos Islands and he will continue to be a permanent icon of Galapagos conservation efforts. If you would like to make a donation in memory of Lonesome George, text “JUNE24 £5” to 70070 or visit our website.