Lonesome George

This past weekend, I got to meet Lonesome George!

The world’s most famous tortoise is as handsome as ever.

Well, kind of. Lonesome George was the last of his kind, the Pinta Island tortoise in the Galapagos Islands (Chelonoidis nigra abingdonii). Feral goats introduced by humans devastated the vegetation on Pinta Island and left the tortoises nothing to eat. In 1971, Lonesome George was relocated to the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island. He died of old age on June 24, 2012.

After extensive sessions with expert taxidermists, Lonesome George is on display at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC until January 4. I managed to make it over to the museum on Sunday and meet the most famous tortoise on the planet.

The most exciting banner in the entire museum!

Surrounded by adoring fans.

The wisest face you will ever see!

Lonesome George was smaller than I expected. He seemed bigger in the photos I’ve seen of him stomping around his domain. Either it was his gigantic personality, or taxidermy causes shrinkage.

Bonus tortles in the subway!

By land and by sea.

A big tortoise like Lonesome George!


Rest in peace, Lonesome George.

Forever waiting for the next nom.


4 thoughts on “Lonesome George

    • <3 Lonesome George

      Aww, thanks! It took FOREVER to get these photos because it is really hard to take photos through glass without a polarizing filter (which gets rid of all the annoying reflections, and which I haven't figured out how to use yet), and there were SO MANY PEOPLE.

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