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Come see the Aldabras!

If you've ever found yourself strolling around the Primate, Cat & Aquatics building this summer, chances are you’ve walked past the Zoo's two Aldabra tortoises. While these two animals might easily be overlooked in passing, they are extremely interesting and very important to our Zoo.


The Zoo's two Aldabra tortoises need to be kept in temperature specific climates, so they spend their winters in the controlled temperature of the Sarah Allison Steffe Center for Zoological Medicine. Once it’s warm enough, they are moved to an outdoor exhibit near the Primate, Cat & Aquatics building area, and we know that summer has truly arrived.

The tortoise grows very slowly and has a lifespan of 80-120 years. It is known as the world’s longest living animal. The Aldabra tortoises are the oldest animals at the Zoo! mypost63

Commonly found in the grasslands and swamps of the Seychelles Island chain in the Indian Ocean, these animals are most active in the mornings while looking for food. These animals are herbivores and feed on different herb species and grass. At the Zoo, they also enjoy various types of root vegetables.

The Aldabra tortoise can weigh more than 500 pounds with a shell as long as five feet. They are second only to Galapagos tortoise as the biggest land tortoise in the world!

Make sure to visit these two tortoises outside this summer before the cold Ohio winters bring them back indoors all too soon.


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