Galapagos Turtle Subspecies may Die Out

There are 11 subspecies of turtle in the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador. For one of those, only Lonesome George, an 80 year old male, remains.

Scientists have scoured the Galapagos Islands to find a mate for poor George, but they have only found a few remains of long dead turtles. If George dies without helping to create turtle babies, he will be the very last of his kind of turtle.

Lonesome George weighs 350 pounds and was first found in 1971. Galapagos Island turtles can reach weights of up to 650 pounds.

The turtles were driven to extinction by sailors who hunted them for food, and by locals who let goats eat up all of the vegetation the turtles depended on.

Lonesome George Website

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