Lonesome George and Fausto Llerena

Jul 9, 2012
The Reptile Report
by Robyn

The Reptile Report - This isn’t just a story about Lonesome George, it is also about his best friend.

With the death of Lonesome George, the world lost the last member of a subspecies and Ecuador its greatest symbol of the Galapagos Islands, but Fausto Llerena lost his best friend.

For three decades, Llerena had been the primary keeper of the giant tortoise of over 100 years, the last survivor of the subspecies Chelonoidis abingdoni. And his devotion to Lonesome George and to conservation was recognized even in the name of the center where the tortoise lived, the Fausto Llerena Giant Tortoise Breeding and Rearing Center, on the island of Santa Cruz.

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