Como’s Galapagos Tortoises Celebrate Their 20th Birthday In Style Unique Cake Topped with Asparagus Candles…yummm At the Daily Zookeeper Talk on May 5th, crowds gathered to sing Happy Birthday to Marco & Erwin, Como Zoo’s resident Galapagos tortoises, as they celebrated their 20th birthday. Then each were surprised with their own three-tiered Jell-O mold cakes made of pineapple, broccoli, apples, green beans, Mandarin oranges and topped with asparagus candles. Marco (300 lbs) and Erwin (250 lbs) have spend most of their life at Como Zoo, arriving in 1992. The life span of a Galapagos tortoise is approximately 150 year. Como Zoo has had Galapagos tortoises dating back to 1958 when Toby, born in 1932, would roam freely around the zoo carrying youngsters on his back. Toby is currently residing at the Honolulu Zoo on a breeding loan.