Outdoor explorations!

DZ’s African Spurred Tortoises are enjoying their first exploration outside this year!

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Now the warmer weather’s arrived, keepers have opened the door to their outdoor paddock, allowing them to nip outside and graze the grass.

Section Leader, Jay Haywood, said: “The tortoises have been kept in their heated indoor quarters since October as they’re native to the southern fringes of the Sahara desert and hot dry grasslands, so don’t appreciate the cold weather!

“But now we’re starting to see more warm sunshine it’s great weather for them to wander out and enjoy the outdoors as and when they please.”

There are currently six African Spurred Tortoises – the third largest species of tortoise, in the enclosure by the otters, after Ernie and Larry re-joined the group from the former Monkey Tails.

They join Rufus, Sammy, Percy, Bert and two Hermann’s tortoises.

A herbivorous species, they eat fruit, vegetables and pellet food as well as grass!