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Lonely Turtles

Soooo…i lied. My next post isn’t history related! I thought i would give you guys a break and give you another Bio article! This time we are talking about Lonesome George! “What?! Lonesome George? What kind of a genus is that??” WRONG! Lonesome George is the sole survivor of an entire sub-species of turtles!

How can you NOT love him???

Lonesome George is actually part of Geochelone nigra abingdoni, and the rest of his species is extinct in the wild! In fact, in another few years, the entire species might be extinct. Because of this, George is considered the symbol for conservation efforts worldwide. Interestingly enough, scientists seem to have found a partial solution. Since George’s entire species isn’t extinct yet, scientists are hoping to breed the 90-year-old turtle with a female of a different sub-species. Although efforts are so far unsuccessful, IF you by some miracle of God happen to find ANOTHER Geochelone nigra abingdoni, there is a REWARD! If you can find a female to mate George with, there is a $10,000 reward!!! Of course, you would have to go down to the Galapagos Islands…but hey! It’s $10,000!!!

Either ways, George is a reminder to us all that we need to care for our environment and make sure that no species anywhere reaches this point! If you want to help poor species like George, be sure to visit http://iucn.org/about/work/programmes/species/donate_now_and_help_us_save_species/ and donate today! Thanks everyone!!!

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