See How Museum Of Natural History Turned Lonesome George Into Taxidermy

The Pinta Island tortoise Lonesome George was the last known member of his subspecies and he has become a symbol of the importance of conservation. This short documentary shows us how the taxidermists at the American Museum of Natural History preserved Lonesome George for future generations. » 1/04/15 8:00am 1/04/15 8:00am

"Lost" tortoise found alive in storeroom after 30 years, immediately…

Manuela the red-footed tortoise was believed to have made her grand escape back in 1982. Her owners, the Almeida family of Rio de Janeiro, had been preoccupied with a home renovation at the time; Manuela, they surmised, had slipped unnoticed through a door left open by some careless workers. They thought Manueala had… » 1/29/13 1:20pm 1/29/13 1:20pm

A tortoise romances a shoe. David Attenborough narrates. You're welcome.

There are no words to describe the sight of an oversexed tortoise attempting to make vigorous, insistent, and surprisingly vocal love to a Crocs clog. Unless you're David Attenborough, who manages the task with impressive ease. [Spotted on Laughing Squid] » 6/04/12 4:20pm 6/04/12 4:20pm

One of Darwin's "extinct" Galápagos tortoise species probably isn't…

When Charles Darwin visited the remote Galápagos archipelago in 1835, the observations he made of the islands' various species of long-lived tortoises would play a pivotal role in helping inform his theory of evolution. » 1/09/12 3:13pm 1/09/12 3:13pm

10 Intrepid Animal Astronauts

Looking back on all of humanity's successes in space, it can be easy to forget that many of our accomplishments have been built on the sacrifices of other creatures. Here are ten animals who played an indispensable role in paving the inter-planetary way to space. » 12/12/11 10:48am 12/12/11 10:48am

Extinct Tortoise Could Make a Comeback

When Charles Darwin wrote about giant tortoises living on Floreana in 1835, he noted a marked decline in their population from previous years. Eleven years later, another visitor to the island declared the entire species extinct. But a fortuitous discovery has led researchers to believe that they can bring this animal… » 9/24/08 12:00pm 9/24/08 12:00pm