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Habitat

Open grassy areas with trees and bushes, scrubland and mangrove swamps.

Wild Diet

Grasses, herbs, leaves.

Behaviour

Tortoises are known for their slowness of movement and for their long life span (greatest authentic age recorded is 152 years). They are active by day, basking for periods of time when it is warm.

Breeding

The female buries 9-25 eggs in soft ground, and these hatch after 120-130 days (4-4.5 months). They are not able to breed until the age of about 25 years.

Threats

Introduced species, habitat destruction.

Conservation

Aldabra Atoll is protected by the Seychelles Islands Foundation. There are some conservation breeding programmes mainly on the Seychelles and Mauritius. Our tortoises were confiscated by Customs from an illegal importation and deposited at Paignton in 1986.

How do I adopt a giant tortoise?

First choose the adoption package you wish to purchase, see below, and then make your animal selection.

Adoptions apply to the species rather than individual animals. This is because our animals may move to other zoos as part of breeding programmes.

Adopt a cheetah

Adoption Pack - £30

  • An adopter’s certificate
  • A fact sheet about your chosen animal
  • Your name on an adopters plaque displayed in the Zoo for 12 months
  • A thank you letter
  • A photograph of your chosen animal

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Adopt a gorilla

Junior Adoption Gift Box - £55

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • A soft toy of your chosen animal
  • One junior entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo
  • All packed in a presentation box

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adopt a giraffe

Adult Adoption Gift Box - £60

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • A Paignton Zoo mug
  • One adult entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo
  • All packed in a presentation box

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Adopt a rhino

Glass Adoption Gift Box - £75

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • A glass rhino specially created by Teign Valley Glass
  • One adult entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo
  • All packaged in a presentation box

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