I saw a Species before it became extinct

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On our trip to The Galapagos Islands, we stopped at the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island, to see its most famous resident, Lonesome George. He was a male Pinta Island tortoise(Chelonoidis nigra abingdonii) and the last known individual of the subspecies.

We visited in Mid-May (2012), he passed away June (2012).  The Pinta tortoise was pronounced functionally extinct. (update: In November 2012 they found a possible subspecies of George)

 

He’s in the upper right corner of the photo below.

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Interesting fact I learned in Ecuador this year

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My sister and I took a trip of a life time this year. We went to the Galapagos Islands, but before we went on our voyage, we took a day trip up to the Equator and they had this photo at the Equator monument (yellow line).

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