The following is a press release from the Galápagos National Park:
|Lonesome George body is moved to New York today to be embalmed
The American Museum of Natural History in New York will do the taxidermy process of the emblematic chelonian.
The Galapagos National Park Directorate, began today at noon, on a flight of TAME, the body moved Lonesome George from Baltra to Guayaquil, where he kept in a cold chamber, until approximately 23:00 ET following then with LAN and will fly to the city of New York, United States.
This tour will be trajectory of the iconic turtle from the place where he remained since his death, to the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the site where specialists will perform the taxidermy process (embalming).
After the autopsy that was performed on Lonesome George’s body was specially done to protect and to prevent freezing burn on the tissues and was maintained at least -50 °C until the time came to transfer him.
For the transfer, DPNG built a wooden box covered with fiberglass insulation, which will keep the temperature inside up to 48 hours, therefore ensuring that the chelonian will still be frozen at its final destination at the American Museum Natural History in New York, because the journey is estimated to take approximately 18 hours.
This morning from about 10h00 began shipping a body of Lonesome George, from the premises of the GNP, to the Airport of Baltra Island and later to the city of Guayaquil, arriving at the main harbor at about 15h00. A specialized freight company is responsible for the custody and kept in a cold chamber at least – 12 ° C until they board the flight that will take you to the United States.
Experts state that the taxidermy process will take between 8 and 9 months. Once completed, Lonesome George embalmed and returned to the Galapagos to be showcased in an interpretation center to be built on the site where he spent the last 40 years.
Lonesome George, was the last kind Tortoise of the Pinta Island species, Chelonoidis abingdonii, since its discovery in the wild in 1971, remained in the care of the park rangers at the Center for Reproduction and Breeding of the Galapagos National Park, Santa Cruz, where environmental authorities made multiple actions seeking to ensure their offspring. However, all efforts were fruitless. On Sunday June 24, 2012 was found dead in his yard, by the same ranger who cared for him during his stay among humans, Fausto Llerena.
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