These are a collection of animals that I found that are on the verge of becoming extinct forever.
The Pinta Island Tortise
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There is only one of these left in existance and his name is George. He is the last of his kind the sole survivour of his species. Lonesome George is a sub species of the Galapagos tortise native to the Galapagos Islands. He holds the flag for the rarest creature doomed to walk the planets surface alone. He is world famous for being the last giant turtle and can be found on Pinta Island, he was first discovered in 1971 on the first of December just walking around minding his own business. Nobody had seen a tortise so big so they done their research and discovered that he was the last of his kind. George was put to two females of a different species to try and save the species but there was no sucess with their efforts.
George is now estimated to be about 90 years old and in good health. Scientists had discovered another male tortise on the island of Isabela a neighbouring Island from George’s this tortise was found to have similar genes to george but of a different species. In July of last year 2008 George mated with a companion tortise of a different sub species and she laid 13 eggs these were collected and placed in an incubator. As the study continued of these eggs, it was found that 80% were infertile and showed signs of weight loss. At the end of the study all of the eggs were doomed. Even if they did hatch George would still be the last of the Pinta Island Tortise.
The Javan Rhino
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These Javan Rhinos are a rare breed there are only 60 of these in the wild and they are a protected species. They survive in only two locations in the world Indonesia and Veitnam. They were once known throughout Asia but they were hunted and killed for sport and meat and believed to have medicinal uses in most of these areas. By the 1930’s they were nearly driven to extinction in Burma, India, Sumatra and Malaysia. Even these days the Janan Rhino is acceptable to deseases and prone to in breeding under supervision of the conservation that are trying to protect them. Because there are so few of these and most of them come from the same families more and more of them are being born with defects. Within the next twenty years this species are deemed to be extinct.