LONESOME GEORGE TORTOISE NOT EXTINCT! RESEARCHERS DISCOVER MORE ON GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
So it’s about time we heard about some good news, don’t you think? In what researchers are calling “a story of hope,” we finally get some. Do you remember Lonesome George? He was the over 100 years old tortoise that died back in 2012. We believed he was the last of his kind. Till now. And that would be the Chelonoidis subspecies of tortoises. But conservationists working at the Galápagos Islands say they’ve found a lady tortoise who is related to Lonesome George! Sorry, no word on Carrier Pigeons alive anywhere. They’re still extinct.
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But don’t just take the media’s word for it. The Galapagos Conservancy Inc, a nonprofit in Fairfax, Virginia, has confirmed this is real. They just announced that this lady tortoise is a descendant from the same species as the late, Lonesome George. Their ancestors were from Pinta Island, too. Conservationists found her recently when they conducted a 10-day research expedition to Wolf Volcano. That’s a 5,600 foot high volcano lucky visitors can find on Isabela Island. As the president of the Galapagos Conservancy, Johanna Barry, said, “This is very good news.”
MORE GOOD NEWS, ANOTHER EXTINCT TORTOISE NOT SO EXTINCT AFTER ALL
Indeed, it is. Conservationists tried to save the bloodline with Lonesome George while he was still alive. But despite all their breeding attempts, he just wasn’t up to it. But there’s more good news to hear, as well. On the expedition, the conservationists found 11 male and 18 female tortoises. But these are from another species we assumed were extinct! The Chelonoidis niger tortoises from Floreana Island. What does this mean? Researchers may be able to take two names off the list of extinct species, is what. The conservationists have taken these very living tortoises to a breeding center. They’ve got some work to do! Get to it, tortoises! We need more of you.