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Last of Galapagos giant tortoises dies

Lonesome George, the last surviving Pinta Island giant tortoise, died at his home in the Galapagos Islands. Scientists believe he was more than 100 years old.

George became a symbol of the Galapagos Islands after he was found on Pinta Island by biologist Joseph Vagvolgyi in 1971.

His plight as the only known member of his subspecies led to a series of ill-fated attempts to provide him with a mate.

But despite the best efforts of conservationists -- and the presence of two female giant tortoises from a close subspecies sharing his enclosure at the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz — George remained a solitary creature.

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