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Last Pinta Island tortoise - Extinct 2012

Last Pinta Island tortoise - Extinct 2012


Etching and aquatint on fine arts paper Fabriano Rosapina 285gr.
Printed by Sara Alonso at the Glasgow Print Studio, Glasgow, UK.
Limited edition 100.
Paper size: 35x45cm
Image size: 30x17,5cm
Part of series "And they were expulsed from the Garden of Eden"  where I reflect about the effects of human intervention on the environment and how this is linked to the disapearing of animal and plant species in this millenium, leading to the Earth's sixth mass extintction.

15% of the purchase of this print will go to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species


This is Lonesome George, a magnificient giant Pinta tortoise, and the very last of his species.

George was first seen on the island of Pinta on November 1, 1971, by Hungarian malacologist József Vágvölgyi. The island's vegetation had been devastated by introduced feral goats, and the indigenous C. abingdonii population had been reduced to a single individual. He was relocated for his safety to the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island, where he spent his life under the care of Fausto Llerena, whom the tortoise breeding center is named after.

It was hoped that more Pinta tortoises would be found, either on Pinta or in one of the world’s zoos, similar to the discovery of the Española male in San Diego. George was then penned with two females of a different subspecies. Although eggs were produced, none hatched. Unfortunately, no other Pinta tortoises were found. The Pinta tortoise was pronounced functionally extinct as George was in captivity.

Species‎: ‎Chelonoidis abingdonii
Known for‎: ‎Being the last of his species
Breed‎: ‎Pinta Island tortoise
Nation from‎: ‎Galapagos

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