African Spurred Tortoise

Geochelone sulcata

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

DIET
IN THE WILD – Grasses and plants
IN 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
  • Visitors in 2016
    Visitors in 2016

    234,000

  • CAMPERS IN 2016
    CAMPERS IN 2016

    2,600

  • CREATURES CARED FOR
    CREATURES CARED FOR

    400