10 January 2012 Tortoise Species Thought Extinct for 150 Years Has Been Rediscovered Posted by: Brian Bovard | 2 comments | Share: This is Lonesome George tortoise which also lives on the Galapagos Islands but is a different species than the one rediscovered We here at Defenders of Wildlife are constantly working to prevent the extinction of species because once something is gone, it can never come back. However sometimes something wonderful happens and an animal you thought was gone forever suddenly turns up. That’s exactly what has happened on the northern shore of Isabela Island in the Galapagos archipelago, according to an MSNBC story that appeared today. As it turns out, the tortoise wasn’t extinct after all—it had just moved. Even more interesting is that despite not yet having actually seen one, scientists know that it must exist because they have found its DNA in the genomes of a hybrid offspring they have discovered on the island. This marks the first time that a species has been rediscovered by tracing its genetic material through its offspring. Very cool! So we here at Defenders would like to say “Welcome back!” 2 Responses to “Tortoise Species Thought Extinct for 150 Years Has Been Rediscovered” P E Hawley January 10th, 2012 Now … if only the hybrid offspring is not 150 years old, being the descendant of the late, last Lonesome George or one of his late immediate sibs. Kris Tohm July 7th, 2012 I’m glad George might have some decendants. Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in A Place in the Sun for Right Whales Endangered North Atlantic right whales can breathe a sigh of relief! NMFS has made their slow-speed zones permanent, granting much-needed protection from ship strikes to these vulnerable whales. Wild Holiday Gift Ideas Looking for the perfect gift for the wildlife-lover in your life? Here’s a collection of gift ideas perfect for you. Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Recap of Pinetop Hearing; Celebrating Sucesses: 700,000 comments from wolf supports in to USFWS regarding wolf delisting proposal; this week USDA annouces they plan to audit Wildlife Services Predator Program. Also- another call to action for our supporters: Tell your Congressman to sign Grijalva and Fitzpatrick’s letter endorsing continued protection of gray wolves!