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Lonesome George a hit in New York Debut

Lonesome George on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York

Lonesome George is a lot less lonesome these days. Betweeen now and January, the American Museum of Natural History in New York, an institution that boasts 5 million visitors a year, is playing host to the preserved body of Lonesome George, the last of the Pinta Island Galápagos tortoises. Already, he’s getting boffo reviews in the Big Apple. Continue Reading →

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The Legacy of Lonesome George: Rescuing Tortoises from Extinction

Pickup truck yields to a giant tortoise on one of Isabella Island's roads.

They look invincible–with their built-in body armor and their enormous bulk. But giant tortoises, the very symbol of the Galápagos, are among the most devastated creatures on the islands.

Now, conservationists, scientists and Galápagos National Park personnel are working to bring back s0me of those tortoise populations that can still be saved. Continue Reading →

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Lonesome George Readied for New York Debut (includes video)

Lonesome George in 2006

In life, he was known as “the rarest creature in the world”–Lonesome George, the last of the Pinta Island tortoises and a Galápagos conservation icon. Now, the caretakers of his remains hope that in death, George will continue to carry his message of conservation to future generations.

His preserved body will go on public display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York on September 19. Continue Reading →

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