Yellow-Footed Tortoise: here’s the scoop
Overhunting, habitat loss and disturbance.
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.
Tropical evergreen and deciduous rainforests. Often found in the vicinity of water and in humid conditions
Grasses, plants, mushrooms, fruit, invertebrates and carrion
Did you know?
They are the largest tortoise on the mainland of South America.
Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Peru, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela
Likely to become endangered unless circumstances improve