Species: Chelonoidis nigra
Geographic Range: Galapagos Islands
Size: 4 feet long, 475 pounds
Lifespan: over 150 years
Conservation Status: Endangered
Find them near the Bird Yard (on display seasonally) Map
- The oldest tortoise on record lived to be 152 years old.
- Galapagos tortoises nap for 16 hours a day.
- Galapagos tortoises can survive up to 1 year without eating or drinking.
- Darwin’s finch and some mockingbirds have a unique relationship with Galapagos tortoises. Tortoises will stretch out and leave their legs and necks exposed so that these birds can eat the ticks off their bodies.