Leopard Tortoise

Basic Information:

Scientific Name: Stigmochelys pardalis

Habitat: Leopard tortoises are found in the arid and savanna regions of eastern and southern Africa.

Diet: Leopard tortoises are herbivores and subsist primarily on grasses and succulents. 

Size: 2 to 2.5 feet long

Weight: About 28 pounds, but have been known to weigh up to 90 pounds. 

Lifespan: 75 to 100 years

Distribution Map:

I.U.C.N. Conservation Status:

What does this mean?

Least Concern – a species determined by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (I.U.C.N.) to be pervasive, abundant, and thriving.

Our Leopard Tortoise:

Leo (Male) – Estimated Date of Birth Between 1995 & 1997

Did You Know?!

  • Leopard tortoises have been known to undertake extensive migrations in search of food. During hot, dry seasons they dig a hole in the ground and take refuge in it as a way to avoid dehydration and the excessive heat. They remain in this dormant state until the weather improves and the rains return.
  • The leopard tortoise is the 4th largest species of tortoise in the world.
  • Leopard tortoise eggs incubate in the ground for 8-18 months. Once they hatch, the hatchlings come to the surface and are responsible for caring for themselves.
  • A group of tortoises is known as a creep. 

Due to needing time to set up for our Wine in the Wilderness Event, on June 3rd the zoo will be closing to the public at 1pm! We will reopen our doors at 6pm for the event! Event tickets will still be purchasable at our gift shop during this time!