Coming Soon: Lonesome George

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Lonesome George, the world-famous Pinta Island tortoise who was the last of his kind, is coming to the Museum for a limited time starting next Friday, September 19. 

As a beloved figure at the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos, the 5-foot long, 165-pound tortoise became an icon for conservation and a symbol of biodiversity under threat until his death in June 2012. In the video below, Museum scientists discuss Lonesome George—and how the Museum is helping to preserve his legacy.


Over the last two years, Wildlife Preservations taxidermy experts, who also worked on the renovation of the Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals, have worked closely with Museum scientists to preserve Lonesome George as he appeared in life—down to a missing toenail on his left front foot. 

Herpetologist Darrel Frost gives pointers on tortoise anatomy to Wildlife Preservations President George Dante. AMNH/C. Chesek

Herpetologist Darrel Frost gives pointers on tortoise anatomy to Wildlife Preservations President George Dante.

AMNH/C. Chesek


Lonesome George will be on view in the Astor Turret on the fourth floor of the Museum through January 4, 2015.

 Learn more about the exhibition here.

Lonesome George is presented in collaboration with the Galapagos National Park Directorate and Galapagos Conservancy.