|Lonesome George in his corral at the Charles Darwin Research Center on Isla Santa Cruz.|
The loss of one tortoise (or any tortoise for that matter) may seem trivial to some, but George's death is important to take note of. He became the last of his species because of human activity. His kind was over-hunted, and the introduction of a non-native, competing species to his home island put additional stress on an already struggling population. Nothing was thought of it at the time. They are just tortoises after all, right? I don't think so. We have a considerable amount of power when it comes to the livelihood of the other organisms we share the planet with. How we use that power is up to us. It's our responsibility to be mindful of our choices, and be good stewards of this place we call home. Just because we can force a species in to extinction, doesn't mean we should. Even if they are just tortoises. Let the life and death of Lonesome George serve as a reminder of that.