These tortoises used to be thriving until the 1900's. poachers killed the tortoises for their meat. They were soon critically endangered. Laws were put up to protect the tortoise, and they used to have other tortoises to breed with Lonesome George, but none of the were successful.
The last of the Pinta Tortoises are gone.
But, we still have time to rescue all of the
other endangered animals of the world
(see "Animals That Could go Extinct in 2012)
Even though Lonesome George is gone, we still remember
how great, he was to the Animal World.