As the last known Pinta Island tortoise, Lonesome George became a worldwide icon of conservation decades before he died from natural causes in the Galápagos in 2012. When Lonesome George arrived at the American Museum of Natural History in early 2013 to be preserved as a taxidermic specimen, Museum scientists and a master taxidermist faced a number of crucial decisions as they worked to prepare a mount that was both scientifically accurate and beautiful.

In this short film (24 mins), go behind the scenes with a team of scientists and experts as they preserve the world’s most famous tortoise so that Lonesome George can continue to inspire discussion about nature, science, and conservation.