During our visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station we witnessed the breeding efforts of Lonesome George, which is represented in the video above.  In the video Lonesome George is attempting to mate with another female tortoise.  

Twenty years ago, Linda Cayot, herpetologist of the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) from 1988 to 1998, found Lonesome George in a huge corral, alone, and overweight.  This began a long and public process in search of a way for George to become a father. Doctor Cayot, working for the CDF, supervised the Galapagos National Park’s giant tortoise breeding and rearing program at the Tortoise Rearing Center on Santa Cruz.  One of the greatest challenges was to achieve successful reproduction by Lonesome George, the only remaining member of the subspecies Geochelone nigra abingdoni from Pinta.  

Lonesome George