Leopard Tortoise

Named for the pattern on this tortoise’s shell, some say it resembles leopard spots.

  • Scientific Name: Geochelone pardalis
  • Range: Southern and eastern Africa in grassland and scrub habitats
  • Status in the Wild: Unknown
  • Location in the Zoo: Often seen in the Desert habitat in Natural Encounters, this is a handling animal you might also see at an upcoming Meet the Keeper Talk.
  • Cool Animal Fact: This animal is one of the largest mainland tortoises and may live up to 75 years in captivity!