Sponsored: Meet Lonesome George, the last of the Pinta Island Tortoises

Photo courtesy of Zachary Grinspan.
Photo courtesy of Zachary Grinspan.

Before a species goes extinct, there must be one last survivor. That final individual often slips away unknown, but for the Pinta Island tortoise from Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands, it was this male, known as Lonesome George.

When George died of natural causes in 2012, his species vanished, and he became a global icon for conservation. Now, thanks to the folks at the American Museum of Natural History, multiple agencies in the Galapagos, and a team of master taxidermists, visitors can see George and learn more about the continuing reality of species extinction.

Want to see the final product, and catch a glimpse of what George looked like in his natural habitat? Head over to the Museum and check out the exhibit, on display now until January 4th!


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