February 9, 2012
Lonesome George, perhaps the Galapagos Islands' most famous resident and a truly one-of-a-kind guy, is looking for love, according to www.lovegeorge.org, a website created by Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT).
Visit the site and you can send George (the world's last known living Pinta giant tortoise) a Valentine's Day message (the top five will receive a prize "picked specially by George"). You can also learn about his discovery by a researcher on the island of Pinta in 1972, and the many unsuccessful attempts since then to find him a mate. The site also features plenty of Lonesome George videos and stories written by some of the people who know him best. And most importantly, you can make a donation to the GCT and help them in their efforts to protect the wildlife of the Galapagos. While it may be too late to find George a mate and save his kind, it's not too late for many of the other Galapagos species that need your help.
And if you want to go see giant Galapagos tortoises for yourself, we encourage you to find a responsible Galapagos tour operator through IGTOA's member directory.
Images: Lonesome George © putneymark. LoveGeorge logo © GCT.