For almost three months thousands of people who loved the history of Lonesome George, learned more about this iconic giant tortoise by visiting his remains in the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
After a cooperative agreement between the Galapagos National Park and the Museum, the embalmed body of Lonesome George will enter the lab to undergo an exhaustive inspection and obtain a fiberglass mold that will result in a bronze replica cast. Once this process is over, Lonesome George will return home to Ecuador.
Very carefully and in with the help of experts, the famous turtle will be taken home to the renewed “Fausto Llerena” facilities in Santa Cruz, the place where he lived his last 40 years, and where a technically self-sustaining infrastructure and adequate room for interpretation will provide all guarantees for maintaining the embalmed George is being built.
On his way home his keeper, companion and friend Fausto Llerena who watched after him for over 20 years will escort him. The total investment in Lonesome George’s final home is of over two million dollars.
George holds a position with their limbs and neck extended, as he used to receive the thousands of tourists who visited him in life. Lonesome George is considered a national heritage asset and represents conservation efforts invested by the Ecuadorian State on the survival of the flora and fauna of the country.
With proper handling and cares we can have Lonesome George’s company last throughout generations.
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