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


  • 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....

  • Shirley S.
    03/17/2020 23:50

    Should have left them alone.

  • Samuel P.
    03/17/2020 07:32

    Bruh leave the turtles in they own environment don’t take them away..

  • Elaine C.
    03/05/2020 23:51

    Why didnt you just leave them alone ! Let them live in peace ? Do your studies there. !

  • Mark R.
    03/05/2020 22:28

    You people b**** if man doesn't help and you b**** one he does yes many mistakes have been made but by getting these tortoises together they will be more successful with the breeding and viability of the young not being eaten by birds of prey they can be released they are vegetarian some animals cannot be taken out of the habitat like lions and be released again because they , have not learned to hunt the numbers will grow faster and then they can release him just like they do with the pandas now

  • Henrik Å.
    03/05/2020 19:22

    Thanks for posting this :) :) :)

  • Connie J.
    03/05/2020 16:14

    Just like man. Find it and move it. LEAVE IT ALONE It was living fine without you.

  • Reyes G.
    03/05/2020 15:59

    Here we go again acting like a smart ass human🙄 sorry animals and plant, humans are the smartest monster here on earth🙄

  • Paige B.
    03/05/2020 14:12

    Once again humans sticking their nose in where it's not wanted. Let them live on the island as they have done for decades without interference. They were happy enough.

  • Hajera M.
    03/05/2020 14:08

    Rare turtle!

  • Michael P.
    03/05/2020 13:24

    Why does the human race think they can play God and interfere in nature? Maybe this species has/ is disappearing for a reason. Maybe it's part of the evolutionary chain. Why do we think we have the right to force breed them?

  • Bonnie R.
    03/05/2020 12:32

    Nothing is ever truely extinct. God sees to that.

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