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Yellow-Footed Tortoise​: here’s the scoop

threats

Overhunting, habitat loss and disturbance.

Insider Info

The Zoo is home to two female yellow-footed tortoises, Olive and Sweet Pea. They live inside the Rainforests, Rivers & Reefs building, but enjoy strolling around Zoo grounds during the warmer months.

Species

Yellow-Footed Tortoise

Scientific name

Chelonoidis denticulata

Habitat

Tropical evergreen and deciduous rainforests. Often found in the vicinity of water and in humid conditions

Diet

Grasses, plants, mushrooms, fruit, invertebrates and carrion

life expectancy

50 years

Did you know?

They are the largest tortoise on the mainland of South America.

Range

Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Peru, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela

Conservation status

Vulnerable

Likely to become endangered unless circumstances improve