A lumbering giant Galapagos tortoise known as Lonesome George lifts his head up during a walk in his protected home in the island chain in Puerto Ayora in this February 5, 2001 file photo. Lonesome George, the last remaining tortoise of his kind and a conservation icon, died on June 24, 2012 of unknown causes, the Galapagos National Park said. He was thought to be about 100 years old. REUTERS/Stringer/Files (ECUADOR - Tags: ENVIRONMENT ANIMALS)
Lonesome George, the famed Galapagos tortoise that became a symbol of the islands and their unique ecosystem, has died.