Updated: Mar 12, 2020
The Pinta Island Tortoise is facing extinction....it is disappointing and devastating. Lonesome George was seemingly the last of his kind, a member of the Pinta Island subspecies of giant tortoises in the Galapagos. When George died, the subspecies seemed to die off. But there’s an asterix to this story. Galapagos tortoises were frequently kept on ships for food, but sometimes dumped off when no longer needed. Isabella Island was a popular dumping ground for tortoises across the various subspecies. We need to save these Tortoises and make sure they do not face further extinction.