A tortoise related to Lonesome George discovered in the Galapágos Islands

The famous Lonesome George was the last of his kind, but this incredible discovery has raised the hopes of scientists...

No longer extinct?

This newly discovered tortoise is related to an extinct species: the Chelonoidis abingdonii, that of the famous Lonesome George. The last of his species, he died in 2012, taking with him any hope of conservation. However, in January 2020, nearly 8 years after the species was officially declared extinct, scientists discovered this female who shares a genetic link to the extinct species.

She’s believed to be a direct descendent of a purebred tortoise who may still be living somewhere in the north of Isabela Island. On this island in the Galápagos, scientists were leading an expedition on the Wolf volcano. In that area, whalers and pirates used to abandon tortoises taken from neighboring islands when they needed to lighten the ships’ load.

On site, the teams also discovered 29 tortoises that shared partial lineage with another extinct species: the Chelonoidis nigra. All of the newly discovered tortoises were transported to a breeding center on Santa Cruz Island, where they should be studied and implemented in a breeding program.


02/05/2020 8:01 AM


  • Jhon J.
    09/01/2021 23:13

    Assh0le be like: "Yes,More of that tasty food!"

  • Jay A.
    01/24/2021 08:57

    They're doing fine without human intervention? That's clearly a stunt or maybe a way for someone to earn money through them. We causes them to extinct.

  • Aboylston N.
    01/18/2021 13:25

    They can multiply naturally and peacefully....just leave them alone....

  • Luis R.
    01/17/2021 20:40

    a FEMALE damn they were SO close but off by 8 years

  • Michele A.
    01/17/2021 20:21

    Can't just leave them alone in paradise, can you?

  • Philipp D.
    01/17/2021 14:29

    Now that it's discovered somebody will somehow manage to kill it...

  • Amy G.
    01/17/2021 14:26

    I love this animal ❤️💖

  • Gangadhar S.
    01/17/2021 05:07

    Greatest task to save and showcase to next generation.

  • Gulden L.
    01/16/2021 22:26


  • Melanie D.
    01/16/2021 16:54

    Fantastic news 👏

  • Aas M.
    01/01/2021 13:45

    Great news of breeding a declared extinct tortoise specie?

  • Mitch S.
    10/08/2020 04:55

    Saw another Galapagos descendant. Believed to be over 300 years old, Tommy, a popular resident of Snake World on the outskirts of Harare, Zimbabwe, is a rare spectacle and could find his way into the Guinness Book of Records as one of the world’s oldest terrestrial animals if scientists are to finally discover his exact age.

  • Etta K.
    03/31/2020 17:33

    That’s horrible just leave them where the fuck you found them !

  • Aj S.
    03/30/2020 03:38

    Yup here we humans go, screwing everything up again. Soon you be reading about the last tortoise dying in a zoo somewhere. What in the heck is wrong with us.

  • Shirley H.
    03/30/2020 00:22

    Well you just wonder if one of the females had given birth to her eggs on that island..and hopefully the little ones survive..we all hope they survive in captivity..

  • Frances S.
    03/26/2020 19:50

    Got to mess with them. They were just fine.

  • Traci M.
    03/26/2020 18:20

    I watched them take a female off the island of Gallapagos they thought was extinct...immediately took her to a center for care ,protection and hopeful breeding of some kind to reproduce more

  • Subhash D.
    03/21/2020 12:55

    Thanks pirates

  • Dustin A.
    03/20/2020 00:39

    Iv seen on Animal Planet the scientists that went back to the island and found that Turtles

  • Douglas B.
    03/19/2020 21:12

    Ytf u move them, just let em be morons....