Pinta Island Tortoise Wiki, Info & Facts?

Lonesome George, the last Pinta Island Tortoise is the only known living Geochelone abigdoni tortoise. His companions are of a similar but different species. Scientists at the Galápagos national park have been trying for years to get George to avail himself of his female companions to ensure that his line does not peter out.
But so far they've been unsuccessful.
I want to read more about the Pinta Island Tortoise, can anyone let me know where to read more info and facts about this wonderful animal? Does it have a wiki page in wikipedia?

I would like to know facts like.

What is the habitat of the Pinta Island Tortoise?
What does the Pinta Island Tortoise eat?

asked by Molly in Other - Pets & Animals | 7258 views | 06-26-2010 at 11:44 PM

There is only one Pinta Island tortoise (Geochelone elephantopus abingdoni) known left in the wild. When George dies the Pinta tortoises will be extinct.

Once there were millions of giant tortoises. In the age of the dinosaurs they covered most of the Americas, Europe and Asia. Like other dinosaurs they began to die out when mammals evolved and they were neither clever enough nor fast enough to compete for food.

Although it is always terrible when a species become extinct, this can sometimes be unavoidable once it gets to this level. Also, the other Giant Galapagos tortoise may be able to take its place (if ecologists think it will be environmentally beneficial). Lonesome George is one of several subspecies of Giant Galapagos tortoise.

Actually Pinta Island Tortoises were considered extinct until a ranger found one, the one we all know Lonesome George, in 1971. Since then, many researchers and activists have offered monetary rewards and compensation to anyone who is able to recover another, preferably a female.

George is penned with two females of a different subspecies, Geochelone nigra becki from the Wolf Volcano region of Isabela island, in the hope that his genotype would be retained in the resulting progeny. This subspecies was thought to be genetically closest to George's; however any offspring successfully hatched from George and his consorts would be intergrades, not purebreds of the Pinta subspecies.


You can read more facts and information of the Pinta Island Tortoise at the wiki page.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geochelone_nigra_abingdoni

answered by Victor | 06-26-2010 at 11:46 PM

I believe that there are still possibilities of getting the pure Pinta Island tortoise.
I hate the fact that such a precious animal goes extinct.

answered by Guest | 08-20-2011 at 06:21 PM

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