Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Sea Turtle from the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador with a 'Lonesome George' stamp

Galapagos Islands

Chelonia mydas
Tortuga marina
tortue de mer

They are wild animals! Treat, them with respect and be careful!

Jaime Dominguez Rodas, Photographer

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 from Ecuador with a very special Galapagos stamp.
Ecuador stamp 2012
Solitario Jorge (Lonesome George) Galapagos 
Chelonoidis abingdoni (Pinta Island Tortoise) 24 Jun 2012, 3.00

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The Pinta Island tortoise was a subspecies of Gal├ípagos tortoise native to Ecuador's Pinta Island.  By the end of the 19th century, most of the Pinta Island tortoises had been wiped out due to hunting. By the mid-20th century, it was assumed that the subspecies was extinct until a single male was discovered on the island in 1971. Efforts were made to mate the male, named Lonesome George, with other subspecies, but no viable eggs were produced. Lonesome George died on 24 June 2012 and the subspecies was believed to have become extinct with the death of Lonesome George.


Gerda Theunis said...

WOW!! Wonderful postcard and with a fantastic stamp...another little gem in your collection! :D

Brenda Perez said...

thank you GerdaTheunis :D I agree