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George in New Jersey

Wednesday, October 01, 2014 - 04:07 PM

(Photo Credit: David Cook/Flickr)

While working on our recent Galapagos episode, producer Tim Howard heard a rumor that the late Lonesome George, the legendary tortoise, was in the process of being taxidermied in New Jersey. He couldn't believe it: the legend from far-away Pinta Island was suddenly right next door, in the diner capital of the world!

He borrowed a car and took a trip to see for himself.


Thanks to George Dante at Wildlife Preservations, and to the American Museum of Natural History, where Lonesome George is on display until January 4, 2015.


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Comments [6]

This really was an awesome show. I really liked the fact that you also mentioned the important parts about mooie muurteksten

Mar. 28 2016 05:24 PM


Mar. 28 2016 05:22 PM
Paul D. Edmondson from Yakima, WA

What a beautiful reconstruction job! Hopefully in the not-to-distant
future George's cousins will once again populate Pinta Island. I visited
Santa Cruz and Isabella Islands not too long ago and was astounded at the size and history of the ancient tortoises. The story of their gradual
recovery from whaling days and feral goats is amazing and inspiring.

Mar. 12 2016 05:28 PM
Findia Group

Thanks for sharing!

Dec. 22 2014 02:40 AM
Katniss K. Bond from USA

I was appalled at first, but as I continued to watch I began to understand the importance of this. George was the last of his species so of course our curiosity was piqued with plastering his dead body in order to study him better. If I died and I was "the last ____" on Earth, I would want people to be able to research about me; maybe find out why people like me died out and how we were so different.

Nov. 10 2014 06:37 PM
Lyra A. Yeats from Barbados

Usually I find taxidermy disgusting and wrong. But in this case, I found it quite beautiful. The Galapagos turtles are such exquisite creatures, why not preserve them in this unique way? I found in fascinating with the use of the clay to form the wrinkles on his neck it is almost like an art rather than just plain old taxidermy. I believe the main reason taxidermy gives me the heeby jeebies is because I immediately associate it with the one the only Norma Bates. But anyway, I have always loved turtles from their shell to their ginormous feet and that is why I found this video so fascinating!

Oct. 20 2014 05:01 PM

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