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
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  • Ahmad S.
    2 days


  • Ghina S.
    2 days

    don't move them please 😢

  • Lasma T.
    3 days


  • Raaj B.
    4 days


  • Justin E.
    5 days

    And then they will be extinct again. Because of humans.

  • Rex M.
    6 days

    Why all? Must leave a pair to reproduce in the wild.

  • Luis R.
    02/17/2020 21:56

    One GOOD NEWS for a change

  • Maria S.
    02/17/2020 20:55

    Que grande son muy lindas

  • Jeanine S.
    02/16/2020 12:13


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    02/16/2020 12:12


  • Deborah T.
    02/16/2020 06:19

    What right have they got to move them, should be left alone in their own natural environment, study them from a distance there 😡

  • Mercy L.
    02/15/2020 06:27

    Thanck to save

  • Rio S.
    02/15/2020 03:17


  • Zahra P.
    02/15/2020 00:08

    Yeahhh you say, breeding.. then how could George be so lonesome? You all better dont mess it up. They supposed to be left living in its habitat. Nature will have its way to protect them 😌. Human is a smartass!

  • Sivaraj T.
    02/14/2020 04:22

    They lived their life very happily in their own environment. Again we humans started our work to reproduce for our own happiness. Why don’t we understand one day we only destroy our own planet 🌎 by these kind of activities.

  • Anthony H.
    02/14/2020 00:57

    Stupid humans

  • Tonya H.
    02/13/2020 20:27

    So they found them living there best life to trap n breed them in the name of science, how is this helping??? I really hope none dies from stress

  • Lerone D.
    02/13/2020 19:45

    And these tortoise wasn't discovered, they were already there.

  • Jhun C.
    02/13/2020 03:15

    It's gonna be worst, you took them in the island where they survived for a long time then you place in a sanctuary that you say but it actually a cage for them😞

  • Teresa F.
    02/12/2020 03:49

    Que hermoso cuiden xfavor