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A Glimpse of What We’ve Lost:  the Pinta Island Tortoise
by Mat McDermott
The Pinta Island Tortoise, a subspecies of the Galápagos tortoise, may be the most recent large animal to be declared extinct. The last of the line, the over 100-year old male dubbed Lonesome George (that’s him, above), died on June 24, 2012 from heart failure. The species had been presumed extinct by the middle part of the 20th century, with the large majority of them killed by the end of the 19th century, but in 1971 George was discovered. In addition to hunting by humans, introduction of non-native species such as goats contributed to habitat loss leading to the demise of the tortoise.
(via: TreeHugger)        (photo: putneymark)

rhamphotheca:

A Glimpse of What We’ve Lost:  the Pinta Island Tortoise

by Mat McDermott

The Pinta Island Tortoise, a subspecies of the Galápagos tortoise, may be the most recent large animal to be declared extinct. The last of the line, the over 100-year old male dubbed Lonesome George (that’s him, above), died on June 24, 2012 from heart failure. The species had been presumed extinct by the middle part of the 20th century, with the large majority of them killed by the end of the 19th century, but in 1971 George was discovered. In addition to hunting by humans, introduction of non-native species such as goats contributed to habitat loss leading to the demise of the tortoise.

(via: TreeHugger)        (photo: putneymark)

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