Pancake Tortoises

Natural Habitat

Native to Tanzania and Kenya.


They are fed on a wide range of 'weeds' such as nettles and thistles along with flowers and other seasonal plant materials.


Threat Level: Vulnerable

They are threatened by habitat loss and collection for the pet trade. Their grass and scrub land habitats are being cleared for agriculture and damaged by over-grazing. They have become popular as pets because of their unusual flattened appearance, which has led to over collection. Their slow rate of reproduction means that it takes many years for their population to recover.

Here at the Zoo

Our tortoises have two enclosures, they have a summer outdoor area at the front ot the zoo but in winter you will find them inside the walk of Life on cold days.