Lonesome George died on June 24th, 2012 due to natural causes. He was more than a mascot of the Galapagos. He was the last specie of the Pinta Island tortoise. While is exact age is unknown, he was believed to me more than 100 years old.
Before Lonesome George’s death, all attempts to mate him with closer female species of his kind failed.
We are very thankful to have been able to see him when we visited Santa Cruz Island a year and a half ago. Lonesome George remains a symbol of the urgent need to conserve nature.