After almost five years with taxidermists in New York, the iconic tortoise has returned home to Galapagos. The giant tortoise was the last known member of the subspecies Geochelone nigra abingdoni. He was thought to be around a century old when he died in June 2012.
He failed to reproduce despite a decades-long conservation effort that earned him the nickname “Lonesome George”. His body is now on display at the park. Galapagos is famous for its unique flora and fauna studied by Charles Darwin as he developed his theory of evolution. Of the 15 species of giant tortoise known to have originated in the Galapagos, three, including George’s, have become extinct.