Thought to be around 100 years old, Lonesome George was the last Pinta giant tortoise known to exist.
As the only member of his subspecies, George was considered to be the rarest animal in the world. He was kept at the Galapagos National Park in Ecuador and despite concerted efforts by environmentalists was never able to produce offspring. His keeper of 40 years, Fausto Llerena, found him dead in his corral; a post-mortem will be carried out in an attempt to determine the cause of death.
A symbol of the Galapagos islands for decades, George's body will be preserved for future generations. A population of around 20,000 other subspecies of giant tortoise still live on the islands.
"Staff at the Galapagos National Park in Ecuador say Lonesome George, a giant tortoise believed to be the last of its subspecies, has died."
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