Meet Lonesome George, the Face of Extinction

More than 20,000 species of plants and animals around the world are currently under threat of extinction, and hundreds vanish each year. We don’t always know the exact time of extinction, but we do for the Pinta Island giant tortoise from the Galapagos Islands.

On June 24, 2012, Lonesome George—the tortoise displayed at the Museum and the last known member of his species—died of natural causes. 

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Lonesome George

Lonesome George

Before a species goes extinct, there must be one last survivor. For the Pinta Island tortoise, that survivor was the male known as Lonesome George. 

Lonesome George is presented in collaboration with the Galapagos National Park Directorate and Galapagos Conservancy. 

Lonesome George