Lonesome George, a male Pinta Island tortoise, was the last known of his species. He was seen as a symbol of conservation efforts worldwide, and was universally known as the most rare creature in the world. Lonesome George died of natural causes in 2012, and was quickly shipped to the American Museum of Natural History to be preserved as a taxidermic specimen so that the extinct species can continue to inspire discussion about nature, science, and conservation. This video details that taxidermic process, and the unique challenges faced with an animal of this size and rarity.
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