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Pinta Island’s Lonesome George Passes Away
2012-06-25 10:21:34

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com Sadly, the sudden death of the giant tortoise Lonesome George on the Galapagos Islands this Sunday marks the loss of another subspecies from the face of the Earth. When scientists first met Lonesome George on Pinta Island in 1972, they had thought his species, Geochelone nigra abingdoni, was already extinct. He was immediately placed into the park service´s tortoise breeding program on Santa Cruz Island and while he did mate with a female tortoise...

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2011-02-22 15:56:33

Some turtle species number less than 5 individuals A report issued Monday, co-authored by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) working in conjunction with the Turtle Conservation Coalition, lists the 25 most endangered turtle species from around the world "“ some of which currently number less than five individuals. Decimated by illegal hunting for both food and the pet trade along with habitat loss, many turtle species will go extinct in the next decade unless drastic conservation...

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2011-01-21 10:05:00

The Galapagos National Park said in a statement to the Associated Press (AP) on Thursday that they are providing two new female partners for "Lonely George", who is believed to be the last living member of the Geochelone abigdoni species. George is estimated to be between 90 and 100 years old "” and could have at least 50 more years ahead of him. For the past 20 years, he has lived with two previous female partners, of the similar but different Geochelone becki species. The females...

2010-10-21 10:10:00

REIMS, France, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After several months of waiting, 411 critically endangered tortoises will return to their home country of Madagascar. The radiated (Astrochelys radiata), spider (Pyxis arachnoides) and angulated (Astrochelys yniphora) tortoises were illegally removed from their natural habitat and were en route for sale in public markets in China when they were intercepted by customs officials at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia in July....

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2008-09-23 09:40:00

An extinct tortoise species could live again, researchers said Tuesday. Scientists have reported discovering relatives of Geochelone elephantopus alive and thriving. Cross-breeding the existing tortoises may restore the extinct species, even though it could about a century. "We might need three or four generations to do this," Gisella Caccone from Yale University told BBC News. "But in theory it could be done, and I think it's pretty exciting to bring back from the dead a genome that we...


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Zoological Journal
2012-04-24 18:24:00

The Zoological Journal was a scientific journal published in the early nineteenth century on a quarterly basis. It was devoted entirely to zoology (animal kingdom). It was published in London by W. Philips. It featured “Original Communications, Translations of new and interesting Papers from Foreign sources and notices of new and remarkable facts in any way connected with Zoology," according to Gentlemen’s Magazine, 1823. The journal’s editors were Thomas Bell, John George Children,...

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2006-12-26 16:20:13

The Leopard Tortoise, Geochelone pardalis, is a large, grazing tortoise that favors semi-arid, thorny to grassland habitats in the west of Africa from Sudan to South Africa. On average, they are about 16 to 18 inches long and weigh 40 to 50 pounds, although some reach up to 24 inches and 70 pounds. They generally have a life span of 50 years. It is brown and yellow. This is one of the few tortoises that actually swim. Truly it will run along the bottom of a shallow area. These...

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2006-12-26 16:18:05

The Radiated Tortoise, Geochelone radiata, is a species of tortoise in the genus Geochelone. Although native to southern Madagascar, it has been introduced to the rest of the country and also the islands of Reunion and Mauritius. These tortoises are herbivores and 80 to 90% of their diet is from grazing. It is considered one of the most beautiful tortoises in the world. It is also endangered due to destruction of its habitat and from poaching.

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2006-12-26 16:16:57

The African Spurred Tortoise, Geochelone sulcata, is a species of tortoise which inhabits the southern edge of the Sahara Desert in northern Africa. Coming as they do from the southern Sahara, they are well adapted to hot, dry climates. They derive most of their moisture from their diet, and they regulate their temperature and humidity needs by retreating into burrows. The African Spurred Tortoise is the third largest species of tortoise in the world. Adults are usually 18 inches in shell...

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2006-12-26 16:12:15

The Indian Star Tortoise, Geochelone elegans, is a species of tortoise found in dry areas and scrub forest in India and Sri Lanka. Although raising these animals in captivity is extremely difficult, this species is quite popular in the exotic pet trade. The Indian Star Tortoise has a convex shell with its dorsal shields often forming humps. Its head is moderate with a swollen convex forehead and covered with small irregular shields. The shell is black with yellow radiating streaks that...

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