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September 20—21: See Global Icon Lonesome George

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This weekend is the first opportunity to see Lonesome George, the famous Pinta Island tortoise who was the last of his kind when he died in 2012, outside of the Galapagos Islands. 


Display of large tortoise standing, left leg lifted slightly. Neck extended, head held high. Green food stains on face and one-third way down neck.
© AMNH/R. Mickens

The taxidermy mount of the famous tortoise, who was preserved in consultation with Museum scientists, is now on view for a limited time before being returned to Ecuador as part of that country's national patrimony. Watch the video to learn about the painstaking process to preserve Lonesome George, who became a global icon for conservation during his 40 years at the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos.  

Preserving Lonesome George

Preserving Lonesome George

Learn more about Lonesome George in this video or visit the exhibition site.

Lonesome George is on view for a limited time in the Museum's Astor Turret on the fourth floor.