Lonesome George

The Life and Loves of a Conservation Icon

  • Authors
  • Henry Nicholls

Part of the Macmillan Science book series (MACSCI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Henry Nicholls
    Pages 1-16
  3. Henry Nicholls
    Pages 17-32
  4. Henry Nicholls
    Pages 33-50
  5. Henry Nicholls
    Pages 51-71
  6. Henry Nicholls
    Pages 72-90
  7. Henry Nicholls
    Pages 91-109
  8. Henry Nicholls
    Pages 110-129
  9. Henry Nicholls
    Pages 130-144
  10. Henry Nicholls
    Pages 145-160
  11. Henry Nicholls
    Pages 161-173
  12. Henry Nicholls
    Pages 174-189
  13. Henry Nicholls
    Pages 190-193
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 194-236

About this book


Lonesome George is a 5 foot long, 200 pound tortoise, between 60 and 200 years old. In 1971 he was discovered on the remote Galapagos island of Pinta, from which tortoises had supposedly been extinct for years. He has been at the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz island ever since, on the off-chance that scientific ingenuity will conjure up a way of reproducing him and resurrecting his species. Meanwhile, countless tourists and dozens of baffled scientists have looked on as the celebrity reptile shows not a jot of interest in the female company provided. Today, Lonesome George has come to embody the mystery, complexity and fragility of the unique Galapagos archipelago. His story echoes the challenges of conservation worldwide; it is a story of Darwin, sexual dysfunction, adventure on the high seas, cloning, DNA fingerprinting and eco-tourism.

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2010
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-0-330-45011-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-09745-3
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