Outside Animals

African Spurred Tortoise Geochelone sulcata


The African spurred tortoise lives in hot arid regions ranging from desert fringes to dry savannahs.

Diet in the wild

Grasses and plants

Diet at the Zoo

Greens, hay, vegetables and specially formulated tortoise chow

Fascinating Facts

  • Largest tortoise on the African mainland
  • Will dig themselves into the ground to survive extended periods of drought
  • Females lay 15 to 30 eggs
  • Can be very aggressive, especially during mating season
  • Males can be seen ramming into each other in attempts to flip one another over