Video: Giant Galapagos Tortoise Makes a Movie

Candice Gaukel Andrews July 19, 2012 2

Lonesome George died in his corral at the Tortoise Breeding and Rearing Center in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos National Park. He was the sole remaining Pinta Island tortoise, and his loss marks the extinction of his species. ©Mr Tigggs, flickr

The passing of Lonesome George last month was a sobering event for the whole world. With him went the last of his kind, the giant Galapagos Pinta tortoise. To the many of you who took the time to comment in this column on this loss in our lifetimes of yet another of the planet’s species, thank you.

I thought it might be fitting, now, to try to step into George’s “shoes” for a moment, by taking a look at the world through a giant Galapagos tortoise’s eyes—and getting to know the people who are trying to help us better understand this still enigmatic reptile.

View the video below, made three years ago, where you’ll learn just how hard it can be to achieve an approximation of what the “others” see.

As you watch these tortoises, it will also become clear why when looking for inspiration to create his fictional creature E.T., it’s said that Steven Spielberg chose a giant Galapagos tortoise.

Here’s to finding your true places and natural habitats,





  1. Teresita Bastides-Heron July 20, 2012 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    The passing of Lonesome George last month was the most saddest dead ever in the history of the world. George was the only species of his kind alive. It is very sad, sad event.

  2. Joanne Orion Miller July 20, 2012 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Thank you for that moving article, Candice. It’s painful to see what human greed and overpopulation has done to our animal brethren–and it continues to happen. I’ll turn a glass over for George tonight, though there’s not enough glasses to cover the extent of extinction on the planet. What can we do? One way is to contribute to programs that encourage responsible planned parenthood (human encroachment is a common cause of extinction–there are just too many of us).

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