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Lonesome George

Why Not Send Lonesome George on Tour?

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

At last week's New York unveiling of the mounted body of Lonesome George, the legendary Galápagos tortoise, the VIPs in attendance dismissed it as a silly idea: "George is a rock star, why not send him on tour?"

The Legacy of Lonesome George: Rescuing Tortoises From Extinction

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 11.16.2014 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

They look invincible-with their built-in body armor and their enormous bulk. But giant tortoises, the very symbol of the Galápagos, are among the most devastated creatures on the islands.

New Book Offers 'Biography' of Galápagos

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 07.04.2014 | Books
Cecilia Alvear

The bishop, who along with the sailors, had to endure a water shortage, was not impressed and later wrote to the King of Spain the place looked "as though at some time God had showered stones."

The Class of 2013: Being The Difference

Eduardo Balarezo | Posted 10.20.2013 | Impact
Eduardo Balarezo

This past July, I landed at Baltra's Galapagos airport with an unusual level of anticipation. I go to the Galapagos every quarter but this time it wa...

One Year Later, the Legacy Continues

Eduardo Balarezo | Posted 06.28.2013 | Impact
Eduardo Balarezo

Six years ago, I found myself face to face with Lonesome George -- and in that one moment, he crystallized my vision. My vision was of an "army" of A...

Lonesome George To Be Prepped For Display

Agence France Presse | | Posted 05.13.2013 | Green

The body of "Lonesome George," a giant Galapagos tortoise once believed to be the last of its kind, has been sent to New York to be embalmed and then ...

Why Short-term Decisions Won't Help Us in the Long Run

Eduardo Balarezo | Posted 04.14.2013 | Impact
Eduardo Balarezo

We began this journey to ensure that another Lonesome George situation does not happen again. We believe every one of us has the power within to shift to long-term thinking while making systemic, replicable, and sustainable changes within our own communities.

I Witnessed Extinction When Lonesome George Died

Eduardo Balarezo | Posted 09.02.2012 | Impact
Eduardo Balarezo

After a long comfortable silence Fausto wisely said, "We did everything we could, but nature stubbornly wanted to teach us a lesson."

Lonesome George Is Dead, but His 'Lineage' May Live On

Dorian de Wind | Posted 09.01.2012 | Green
Dorian de Wind

Some think that George was around 100 years old, not so old when one considers that some of his ancestors have lived to the ripe old age of 200. I visited George about 15 years ago in my native Ecuador. He must have been around 85 then -- a young "stud," relatively and figuratively speaking.

Lonesome George: When the Last Is No More

Ken White | Posted 08.27.2012 | San Francisco
Ken White

I've always been drawn to tortoises and turtles, ever since I was a little kid, and I remember as a young man learning of and being moved by the story of Lonesome George.

Maybe Lonesome George Wasn't So Lonesome, After All

Eva Glettner | Posted 08.25.2012 | Parents
Eva Glettner

So, let's mourn poor George. He lived a good and long life. But he wasn't alone. Last of a kind, surely -- but surrounded by friends and family, nonetheless.

Last-Of-His-Kind Tortoise Dies At 100

Reuters | Posted 08.24.2012 | Green

* Giant tortoise, 100 years old, was a symbol of the Galapagos * Galapagos park may decide to embalm his body By Alexan...

Last Known Galápagos Tortoise Seeks Mate

The Huffington Post | Dean Praetorius | Posted 07.12.2011 | Green

Lonesome George is the Galápagos giant tortoise's last hope to stave off extinction. The 100-year-old reptile is the last of his subspecies, a typ...