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posted June 25, 2012 12:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lonesome George has died, leaving the world one species poorer.

The only remaining Pinta Island tortoise and celebrated conservation icon passed away Sunday, the Galapagos National Park Service said in a statement.

Estimated to be more than 100 years old, the creature's cause of death remains unclear and a necropsy is planned.

Lonesome George's longtime caretaker, Fausto Llerena, found the tortoise's remains stretched out in the "direction of his watering hole" on Santa Cruz Island, the statement said.

Lonesome George was discovered on Pinta Island in 1972 at a time when tortoises of his type were already believed to be extinct. Since then, the animal had been part of the park service's tortoise program.

Repeated efforts to breed Lonesome George failed.

"Later two females from the Espanola tortoise population (the species most closely related to Pinta tortoises genetically) were with George until the end," the park service said.

In honor of Lonesome George, the park service said it was convening an international workshop in July on management strategies for restoring tortoise populations over the next decade.

The Galapagos Islands, situated about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) off Ecuador's coast, is considered a haven for tortoises.

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posted June 26, 2012 11:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

"Never mentally imagine for another that which you would not want to experience for yourself, since the mental image you send out inevitably comes back to you." Rebecca Clark

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posted June 28, 2012 01:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LoVeLy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Poor George

Sun in Virgo conjunct Venus ( 11th House )
Moon in Libra
Rising sign Libra

Honesty is Confidence - Hoodie Allen

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posted August 17, 2012 11:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for libraschoice77     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Something has to be done about caring for the wildlife more, and doing more to control the polution...if we don't next 30 years there wont be any wildlife left

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