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Day 10: Gigantic

Issue: Conservation Biology and bringing extinct species back.

“Before a species goes extinct, there must be one last survivor. Often that final individual slips away unknown, but for the Pinta Island tortoise from Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands, that survivor was this male, known as Lonesome George. When he died of natural causes, his species, Chelonoidis abingdoni, vanished.” This is Lonesome George, and his is another story about extinction. “In 1971, a Hungarian scientist spotted Lonesome George on Pinta Island. The discovery surprised researchers who thought Pinta Island tortoises were already extinct. A year later, George was taken to the Tortoise Breeding and Rearing Center on Santa Cruz Island, where he lived for the next 40 years. George died in 2012 and is thought to have been just over 100 years old.
Staff at the Galapagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station tried repeatedly to mate Lonesome George with females from closely related species. Those efforts failed, but a new strategy to revive the species is underway. The discovery of hybrid tortoises partially descended from Pinta Island tortoises on Isabela Island, where whalers or pirates likely moved them long ago, provides the opportunity for establishing a breeding colony whose young will initiate the recovery of a reproductive population ."*
➖ What do you think? It is wise (or even moral?) to use science to bring extinct species “back from the dead”? What could be some of the benefits or consequences that would affect other species and habitats? ➖
Lonesome George was sent to AMNH to be preserved by their lead taxidermist, and eventually was shipped back home to the Galapagos where he is on display at the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz island.

*Information provided by @amnh
😞 Lonesome George (c. 1910 – June 24, 2012) was a male Pinta Island tortoise(Chelonoidis abingdonii) and the last known individual of the species. In his last years, he was known as the rarest creature in the world. George serves as a potent symbol for conservation efforts in the Galápagos Islands and throughout the world.
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On This day ☀️June 24,2012: A 100-year-old, 91-kilogram (200-pound) 🐢🐢tortoise nicknamed Lonesome George died in captivity. With the death of Lonesome George, the entire Pinta Island 🌴 tortoise species went extinct. Credit:📸 Diagnosis WonderLust Book Your Next Vacation & Support a Cause travelwithcharity@gmail.com (470) 243-0278 #tortise #pintaisland #history #ecuador #galapagos #travelwithcharity #destinations #instatravel #travelgram #tourist #trip #traveling #travel #travelphotography #travelblogger #traveller #vacationmode #vacation #vacationtime #destinations #worldcaptures #beautifuldestinations #instagood #instamood #instadaily #charity #payitforward #passport #military #instadaily #instamood #beautiful
We got the opportunity to see #LonesomeGeorge at #DarwinStation while in The #Galapagos. ❤🐢❤ "Lonesome George (c. 1910 to 2012) was a male #PintaIsland #tortoise and the last known individual of the subspecies. In his last years, he was known as the rarest creature in the world. George serves as a potent symbol for #conservationefforts in the #GalápagosIslands and throughout the world." 🌎
I found some more impact sites, I'm always looking at satellite maps to find places out of the way or places where meteorites have fallen, and I think I have found one to rival the official world's largest... #impactsite #satellitemap #asteroid #islapinta #pintaisland #impactcrater
#Repost @christopherreiger with @repostapp
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Today is #RemembranceDayForLostSpecies, an annual observance dedicated to our creating "new #rituals for remembering and #mourning those [#species] we have lost, and for celebrating and making commitments to those remaining.” From a description Matt Stanfield contributed on the @endangeredspeciesprintproject (ESPP) blog recently,
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"Every hour, three species of life form vanish from our planet forever. Almost all of this species loss is a direct result of human activity. The rate and scale of the crisis has led scientists to declare that #Earth is now experiencing a #SixthMassExtinction. Remembrance Day for Lost Species, marked annually worldwide on 30 November, exists as a response to this fact. ...Remembrance Day for Lost Species doesn’t have to be about #art, or #science, or anything more than taking a moment to contemplate what humans have done to so many of the species with whom we share the Earth. How you choose to participate is entirely up to you.”
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Here, I’m showing "Chelonoidis nigra abingdonii (memento mori),” my limited edition print for the ESPP’s “Project George." On June 24, 2012, at the age of 100-and-something, #conservation icon Lonesome George passed away. With his death, the #PintaIsland #tortoise subspecies became extinct. "Project George" was a way to honor Lonesome George’s memory and raise awareness about critically #endangered species. My print is intended as an elegy, but one that also evokes the empathy our species can experience for other animals…which provides an inkling of #hope that we can one day significantly reduce our own species’ negative impact on all of our fellow animals.
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#ProjectGeorge #LonesomeGeorge #print #Galapagos #extinction #ChelonoidisNigraAbingdonii #mementomori
Today is #RemembranceDayForLostSpecies, an annual observance dedicated to our creating "new #rituals for remembering and #mourning those [#species] we have lost, and for celebrating and making commitments to those remaining.” From a description Matt Stanfield contributed on the @endangeredspeciesprintproject (ESPP) blog recently,
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"Every hour, three species of life form vanish from our planet forever. Almost all of this species loss is a direct result of human activity. The rate and scale of the crisis has led scientists to declare that #Earth is now experiencing a #SixthMassExtinction. Remembrance Day for Lost Species, marked annually worldwide on 30 November, exists as a response to this fact. ...Remembrance Day for Lost Species doesn’t have to be about #art, or #science, or anything more than taking a moment to contemplate what humans have done to so many of the species with whom we share the Earth. How you choose to participate is entirely up to you.”
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Here, I’m showing "Chelonoidis nigra abingdonii (memento mori),” my limited edition print for the ESPP’s “Project George." On June 24, 2012, at the age of 100-and-something, #conservation icon Lonesome George passed away. With his death, the #PintaIsland #tortoise subspecies became extinct. "Project George" was a way to honor Lonesome George’s memory and raise awareness about critically #endangered species. My print is intended as an elegy, but one that also evokes the empathy our species can experience for other animals…which provides an inkling of #hope that we can one day significantly reduce our own species’ negative impact on all of our fellow animals.
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#ProjectGeorge #LonesomeGeorge #print #Galapagos #extinction #ChelonoidisNigraAbingdonii #MementoMori
One of the extinct animals from the extinct animal poster I made last semester. The last of the Pinta Island Tortoises died out in 2012, he was called Lonesome George, if only he could've got himself a girlfriend 🐢 #saveanimals #stopanimalextinction
Meet George. George passed away in 2012. Final part of my series is the Pinta Island Galapagos tortoise 🐢
'Lonesome George', the extinct Galapagos Pinta Island tortoise, being made into brooches ... #lonesomegeorge #pintaislandtortoise #pintaisland
#GalapagosislandsSeria #Galapagosislands 
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#Culpepperisland #Wenmanisland #Pintaisland #Tortugaisland #Pinzonisland
Şantaj Fe Island (Spanish: Isla Santa Fe), also called Barrington Island after admiral Samuel Barrington, is a small island of 24 square kilometres (9.3 sq mi) which lies in the centre of the Galápagos archipelago, to the south east of Santa Cruz Island. Geologically it is one of the oldest, since volcanic rocks of about 4 million years old have been found. The vegetation of the island is characterized by brush, palo santo trees and stands of a large variety of the prickly pear cactus Opuntia echios.

Among animals, Santa Fe is home to one endemic species and one endemic subspecies: the Barrington land iguana (Conolophus pallidus) and the Santa Fe rice rat (Aegialomys galapagoensis bauri). The visitor site is a wet landing located in Barrington Bay on the northeastern side of the island. Large numbers of sea lions are found on the beaches in the bay, occasionally hindering peregrination to the two trails leading from the beach.
#GalapagosislandsSeria #Galapagosislands 
#Marchenaisland #Genovesaisland #isabellaisland WolfVolcano EcuadorVolcano DarwinVolcano AlcedoVolcano SierraNegraVolcano CerroAzulVolcano VicenteRocaPoint ManglePoint MorenoPoint #Santiagoisland EgasPort JamesBay #Bartholomewisland #Rabidaisland #NorthSeymourisland #SantaCruzisland ConwayBay WhaleBay PuertoAyora #islaPlaza #SantaFeisland #Lagoonisland #Namelessisland GordonRock #Coamanoisland GayFawkes #Daphneisland #Mosqueraisland RocaBlanca #Beagleisland #SombreroChinoisland BainbridgeRocks CousinsRock PiedraBlanca #Albanyisland #SanCristobalisland PuntaPitt LeonDormido PuertoBuquerizoMoreno #Gardnerisland GardnerBay #Espanolaisland SuarezPoint #Floreanaisland DevilsCrown PostOfficeBay Darwinisland Wolfisland #Fernandinaisland CaboDougles CaboHammond 
#Culpepperisland #Wenmanisland #Pintaisland #Tortugaisland #Pinzonisland
#Repost @_noella_love @a_lallie
For anyone unaware, this was a tortoise famously known as 'Lonesome George' who died at the age of 100 on Pinta Island in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador. He was the last of his kind. Why? Because HUMANS hunted them to extinction 😞
The population had been wiped out by hunters who overharvested the tortoises for meat and recklessly introduced goats and pigs to the area that destroyed the tortoises' habitat and much of the island's vegetation.

This is what hunters do. This is what 'conservationists' do. Never fall for their 'we're shooting animals to save animals' excuses. Hunters only kill to satisfy their warped bloodlust just like they're doing right now to the bears during the Spring Bear Hunts. They have no regard for the consequences. They just get off on killing.
Will humans ever learn from past mistakes? Stop needlessly murdering animals. Stop introducing invasive species to areas that they are not native to. Stop messing up balanced ecosystems. Stop screwing up nature. Mankind is a pest on this Earth. In fact Mankind is the invasive species. RIP George 💔 #ExtinctionIsForever

#animal #tortoise #lonesomegeorge #rip #extinction #animallovers #animalrights #instanimal #animalsofinstagram #hunting #pinta #pintaisland #galapagos #ecuador #instagram #instapic #instadaily #vegan #life #death #hope #peace #change #love #earthlings #conservation #nature
#Repost @a_lallie
For anyone unaware, this was a tortoise famously known as 'Lonesome George' who died at the age of 100 on Pinta Island in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador. He was the last of his kind. Why? Because HUMANS hunted them to extinction 😞
The population had been wiped out by hunters who overharvested the tortoises for meat and recklessly introduced goats and pigs to the area that destroyed the tortoises' habitat and much of the island's vegetation.

This is what hunters do. This is what 'conservationists' do. Never fall for their 'we're shooting animals to save animals' excuses. Hunters only kill to satisfy their warped bloodlust just like they're doing right now to the bears during the Spring Bear Hunts. They have no regard for the consequences. They just get off on killing.
Will humans ever learn from past mistakes? Stop needlessly murdering animals. Stop introducing invasive species to areas that they are not native to. Stop messing up balanced ecosystems. Stop screwing up nature. Mankind is a pest on this Earth. In fact Mankind is the invasive species. RIP George 💔 #ExtinctionIsForever

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Once we reduce a species to a single individual, like Lonesome George here, the Pinta Island tortoise, not a whole lot can be done. How can we make sure this doesn't happen?
Read about species on the edge of extinction lateralmag.com or head to the link in our bio
Spectacular art work by @kayla.oliver 🐢
Scientists thinking about bringing an extinct turtle back? Lonesome George was the last of his kind, a Pinta island tortoise ( Chelonoidis nigra ). It was a sad day when Lonesome George died in 2012 and it was even more sad knowing that this tortoise was the last of his kind. Now scientists have figured out that some of the Galapagos tortoises that are living today have some of the genes of Lonesome George. Scientists are thinking that they could mix the genes of the Galapagos tortoises living today and bring back the Pinta island tortoise ( chelonoidis nigra ). Currently scientists are testing this theory and testing the genes of the Galapagos tortoises living today. We will keep you updated on this subject. If you have any questions contact us at @officialturtleinsta . #Galapagostortoise #bringback #pintaisland #pintaislandtortoise #scientists #turtlenews

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