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 spend some final moments with Lonesome George, vicariously through a visit made by biologist and natural historian Sir David Attenborough. In the video below, Attenborough describes Lonesome George, about 80 years old at the time, as the “rarest animal in the world.” Just 14 days after this film was made, Lonesome George died in his sleep.
There’s another stunning statement that Attenborough makes in this video, one that’s worthy of more moments of consideration: “Probably more than any other single creature, [Lonesome George] has focused the attention of the world on the fragility of our environment.”
Here’s to finding your true places and natural habitats,