Monday, 25 June 2012
RIP Lonesome George
We were sad to hear news today of the death of Lonesome George, an icon in the fight to save endangered species. George was thought to be about 100 years old, which is still quite young for a species which can live up to 200 years. It is not yet known how he died. For those of you who don’t know, this Pinta Island tortoise, became known as the rarest animal on Earth as he was the only known survivor of his sub-species. Sadly, with his death this weekend, that sub-species is now extinct.
If you’d like to find out more about Lonesome George, who lived in the Galapagos National Park in Ecuador, why not give our new Digital Library a go? Just follow the link from our homepage and do a search for “Lonesome George” (keep the inverted commas in and you’ll restrict your search to that phrase, rather than looking for any mention of a George or being lonesome!). The Digital Library searches through our online resources as well as looking for items on our shelves, so you’ll find lots of journal and newspaper articles to tell you more about this lonely icon.
If you’d like to find out more about endangered species and conservation, why not give our library catalogue a go? The library catalogue searches for books and other resources on our shelves, as well as looking for relevant e-books. Just click the catalogue link on the homepage!