Red-footed Tortoise: here’s the scoop


While their numbers have not been evaluated by IUCN, their populations are likely declining due to habitat loss, overhunting and the pet trade.

Committed to Conservation

Dottie, the red-footed tortoise, is an important member of the Zoo’s Animal Ambassador Program and currently lives behind-the-scenes. You may see her out with educators for encounters, special events or school programs. The animal ambassadors at Buttonwood Park Zoo are working ambassadors of their species and of their wild counterparts.  They stimulate interest and appreciation, dispel myths and fears, reconnect visitors with the natural world and stir all those they encounter to action. 


Red-footed Tortoise

Scientific name

Chelonoidis carbonaria


Rainforests, dry thorny forests, temperate forests and savanna areas. They prefer heavily forested, humid habitats but avoid muddy areas due to low burrowing capacity.


Omnivorous. Feeding on fruits, leaves, stems, flowers, fungi, carrion, pebbles and sand

Life Expectancy

50-60 years

Did you know?

Just like our resident red-footed tortoise, Dottie, this species produces a series of clucks and chirps, which sound similar to those produced by domestic chickens.


Central and South America

Conservation status

Not Evaluated by IUCN