Sulcata Tortoise

Sulcata Tortoise

Reptile | Africa – Senegal and east through Ethiopia

Animal Info

Sulcata tortoise may also be called African Spurred Tortoise due to spurs on rear legs. In Senegal, these tortoises, are signs of virtue, happiness, fertility, and longevity. Populations are declining due to illegal pet trade, overgrazing, and desertification. They are great at burrowing and will do so to help regulate their body temperature.


In the wild: Herbivore – succulent plant matter in wild.

At the Zoo: vegetables, fruit, tortoise pellet


Desert and dry savannah

Conservation Status

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – Vulnerable