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Lonesome George, Galapagos Island Conservation Icon, 19?? to 2012

Lonesome George: Lonesome George died Sunday afternoonAccording to a statement by the Galapagos National Park Service, the last surviving Pinta Giant Tortoise has passed away, making the subspecies extinct.  The age of "Lonesome George" was estimated at least 100 years.   The cause of George's death is unknown, though advanced age is not likely: the 5-foot, 200-lb tortoise was expected to live well over 200 years.

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Did you know that May 23 is World Turtle Day? The American Tortoise Rescue is a turtle and tortoise rescue organization that initiated World Turtle Day in 2000. The group brings attention to turtle conservation issues and highlights ways each of us can help protect these gentle but jeopardized animals. You can find more information on the Humane Society of the United States website, as well as checking out our wide selection of turtle-related materials.