Rare Pinta tortoise to be preserved for Museum of Natural History

A rare tortoise, known as Lonesome George, is being prepared for the Museum of Natural History. The five-foot-long, 200-pound tortoise from the Galapagos Islands died

A rare tortoise, known as Lonesome George, is being prepared for the Museum of Natural History.

A rare tortoise, known as Lonesome George, is being prepared for the Museum of Natural History. (7/11/13)

WOODLAND PARK - A rare tortoise, known as Lonesome George, is being prepared for the Museum of Natural History.

The five-foot-long, 200-pound tortoise from the Galapagos Islands died last year at the age of 100. He was the last surviving Pinta tortoise.

Wildlife Preservations in Woodland Park is performing taxidermy on George, preparing him to go on display at the Museum of Natural History for 12 weeks.

George Dante with Wildlife Preservations says it's important that everyone gets to see George. "We want to preserve him so generations after us can be reminded of what we need to protect."

Taxidermists plan to finish Lonesome George by next spring.

After the Museum of Natural History, he'll be taken to the Darwin Research Center on the Galapagos Islands.

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