Lonesome George Tribute
To mark the 2012 passing of Lonesome George, Earth's last Pinta Island giant tortoise and the inspiration behind The Endangered Species Print Project’s logo we commissioned artists Christopher Reiger and Jonathan Woodward to create an image of Lonesome George. A portion of the sale of these prints was donated to the Galapagos Conservancy. The Galapagos Conservancy is working to restore habitat for giant tortoises. You can read more about their work here.
Here is part of George’s story:
On June 24, 2012 at the ripe old age of 100+ conservation icon Lonesome George passed away. With his passing the Pinta Island tortoise subspecies is now extinct. George lived a lonely life as the last of his kind, despite numerous searches, no other Pinta Island tortoises had been seen since he was discovered in 1971. The Tortoise Center on the Galapagos Island of Santa Cruz was George's home since 1972 where he spent his days in the company of other species of tortoise.
Throughout the Galapagos Islands tortoise populations were devastated in the 1800's by commercial whalers and fur sealers. Thousands upon thousands of tortoises were harvested for food and oil. Then, in the 1950's fishermen released three goats onto Pinta island so they would have a fresh source of meat while out at sea. By 1970 the goat population was estimated to be close to 40,00 and had wiped out vegetation and habitat used by the tortoises.