Staten Island Zoo unveils tribute to beloved tortoise Jalopy
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The Staten Island Zoo celebrated the life and celebrity of Jalopy — the beloved Galapagos tortoise that lived at the Zoo for 46 years — as it unveiled a tribute display Wednesday to the gentle giant.
The exhibit contains Jalopy’s massive shell, retrieved after her death in 1983. It includes events in Jalopy’s life, and features an educational look at her native territory, as well as zoological information about tortoises and their relationship to other animals.
‘WORLD’S MOST BELOVED TORTOISE’
« We are honoring the world’s most beloved giant tortoise that, in her own way, shared so much of our borough’s history and the ways in which we lived our lives, » said Kenneth Mitchell, the Zoo’s executive director.
« From our youngest years to our adult experiences, Jalopy remains an icon in our lives, » Mitchell said. Through the exhibit, « she will continue to fascinate and charm visitors for generations to come. »
The display was created by the Willowbrook design studio, Havoc Media, and funded by Con Edison. Prominently placed on the wall of the Zoo’s reptile wing, the permanent display acknowledges nearly a half-century of the tortoise’s residency at the Zoo.
A STORY THAT BEGAN IN 1937