Last of His Kind: The Pinta Island Tortoise Drops Out of Life and Goes Up on View at the Museum of Natural History

“The immortal ‘Lonesome George’ will be remembered as the last of his sub-species of Galapagos tortoise.” ~Andrew Wyatt


Lonesome George at Wildlife Preservations. (Photo by Zoë Lescaze) Lonesome George at Wildlife Preservations. (Photo by Zoë Lescaze) He was nosing his way out of an egg the size of a billiard ball as Picasso put the final dabs of paint on Ma Jolie. He was wracked with adolescent angst as the Jazz Age raged across the sea. He hit his sexual prime in the Galápagos as German troops invaded Poland.

Perhaps the war was an omen. Sex—or a severe lack thereof—was the downfall of Lonesome George, the last member of the now extinct Pinta Island subspecies of Galápagos tortoise. The giant reptile lived out his days at the Charles Darwin Research Station, where tireless researchers tried to coax him into coitus with eligible, genetically similar she-tortoises. These prospective mates were, no doubt, seductive as far as enormous, leathery behemoths go, but George snubbed them all.

Maybe it was the pressure; the world watched anxiously for years, praying…

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Safari Club Success – SCI Litigation & Bamberger Ranch Help the Three Amigos

“The Safari Club International “walks the walk” by making direct investment in “Conservation through Captive Breeding.” ~Andrew Wyatt

Hunt Forever

bambergeraddax2huntforever061614Where does all the money go? Animal rights groups frequently recover major financial awards in lawsuits allegedly pursued in the name of “animal protection.” How often does that money get spent on conservation for the species those lawsuits were allegedly filed to protect? Not often, if the groups’ websites are any indication.

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Southern Black Rhino: A Retrospective

“Fossil Rim demonstrating once again the invaluable contributions to ‘conservation through captive breeding’ made by the private sector in Texas!” ~ Andrew Wyatt

Words On Wildlife

During the 1980s and 1990s the country of Zimbabwe had a thriving population of black rhinos and they were managed well by the government and by private ranchers. Unfortunately, poaching came to their country and the conservation of many species was threatened—including black rhinos.




Captive rhino managers in the United States and Australia combined resources and approached the government of Zimbabwe with the idea of bringing ten rhinos to the United States and ten rhinos to Australia as an assurance population against the extinction of the species in Zimbabwe. Fossil Rim was an instrumental player in the formation of the International Black Rhino Foundation (now called the International Rhino Foundation—and focusing on all rhino species), which had the mission of capturing, transporting and managing southern black rhinos ex situ (outside of their normal range, usually meaning captive management). There were several months of negotiations—field experts thought they had about 2500…

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