Lessons from a lonely tortoise

In the Galapagos Islands, scientists are struggling to save some of the most endangered creatures in the world.

By Bryn Nelson, 00:00 AM August 27, 2007

PUERTO AYORA, ECUADOR — At first glance, the world's rarest creature looked just like a big boulder.

 

I had scanned a large, plant-filled enclosure several times before locating him: a 70-something-year-old tortoise named Lonesome George. The tortoise weighs 88 kilograms (nearly 200 pounds), but he was barely visible beyond several bushes, and his head and legs were tucked neatly within his shell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An adult Galápagos tortoise lumbers within a semiprotected space at a breeding facility on San Cristobal Island.

 

An adult Galápagos tortoise lumbers within a semiprotected space at a breeding faci...

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