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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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