Speedy tortoise joins DZG

A male African spurred tortoise has been donated to DZG – and he’s a fast mover!

DZG-spurred-tortoise-2-webAssistant Curator, Richard Brown, said: “He’s been following staff around, and he can really motor, he’s 60 cms long and could pretty much double his size as he matures.”

The tortoise, who has been named Timmy, is set to join fellow tortoises in the site’s six-strong group, who are of a similar age.

The species originates in the African deserts and are endangered due to a demand for ornaments and fashion accessories made from their shells.

CAPTIONS:?Keeper, Jay Haywood, with African spurred tortoise, Timmy.

DZG-spurred-tortoise-2-webJay introduces Timmy to recent recruits, NVQ students (from left),?Harvey Price, aged 18, from Wollaston, Harley Hunt, aged 18, from Tipton and Hannah Follows, aged 16, from Dudley. The trio are undertaking a work-based Level 2 animal care course.