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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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Body of iconic tortoise, “Lonesome George,” to NY for embalming.


The following is a press release from the Galápagos National Park:

Lonesome George body is moved to New York today to be embalmed
The American Museum of Natural History in New York will do the taxidermy process of the emblematic chelonian. A specialized company will keep the chelonian up to the flight to New York. The Galapagos National Park Directorate, began today at noon, on a flight of TAME, the body moved Lonesome George from Baltra to Guayaquil, where he kept in a cold chamber, until approximately 23:00 ET following then with LAN and will fly to the city of New York, United States. This tour will be trajectory of the iconic turtle from the place where he remained since his death, to the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the site where specialists will perform the taxidermy process (embalming). After the autopsy that was performed on Lonesome George’s body was specially done to protect and to prevent freezing burn on the tissues and was maintained at least -50 °C until the time came to transfer him. Continue Reading →

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