Outside Animals

Galapagos tortoiseChelonoidis nigra microphyes


Galapagos tortoises are found on the Galápagos Islands. They live in hot, dry areas with sparse vegetation or cool, wet areas with lush ground vegetation.

Diet in the wild

Grasses, vines, cactus fruit, fallen fruit and assorted vegetation

Diet at the Zoo

Assorted green grass and hay

Fascinating Facts

  • Can live to be over 100 years old
  • Oldest recorded age is 171 years old
  • Adults average 5 feet in length and 475 pounds
  • Move at 0.16 mph compared to humans who walk at 2.8 mph