A Big, Old Tortoise:
Aldabra tortoises can live to be over 100 years old. Large tortoises will knock over small trees and shrubs to obtain nutritious leaves. This activity creates trails used by other animals.
Aldabra tortoises are active in the early morning and late evening. They rest in the shade during the middle of the day when it’s hot.
At Reid Park Zoo:
Herbie, the Zoo’s male tortoise, weighs over 500 pounds, but we don’t know how old he is. He is one of the few animals at this Zoo that was caught in the wild—over 50 years ago. The female tortoises in this exhibit are much smaller, but they are very old as well.
These tortoises get excited during rainy weather or when zoo keepers give them showers with a hose.