Red- Footed Tortoise

Chelonoidis carbonarius

Reptile | South America

Animal Info

Our red-footed tortoises were part of an ambassador program at Kansas City Zoo.  They were downsizing their ambassador collection and needed a new home for the tortoise group.

Red-footed tortoises occupy the same geographic region as the species at the new tamarin complex and tortoises are generally compatible with a wide variety of species.  They are a fun and colorful addition to these habitats.


In the wild:  Eat a wide variety of both plant and animal material.  Depending on season and food availability their diet will change

At the Zoo: Mazuri Tortoise Diet, greens, fruits, and vegetables


Moist forests and grasslands in South America

Conservation Status

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – not evaluated