Endangered tortoises arrive at Yorkshire Wildlife Park
The slow pace of life in the soaring heat has provided the perfect welcome for a pair of endangered tortoises who have arrived at Yorkshire Wildlife Park.
Rosie and Glenda have been enjoying a leisurely look around their new home as the award-winning park’s latest new species.
The pair are sulcata tortoises, which can live to around 80-years-old and have been classified as vulnerable because of disappearing habitat in their native central Africa.
"They are the first of their kind here and also the only tortoises living at YWP so it is a very exciting time for us to welcome in a brand new species,” said Simon Marsh, Animal Collections Manager at YWP.
Rescue tortoise Rosie came from a home where the owners were no longer able to handle her dramatic growth - the species can weigh up to a whopping 105kg.
“Rosie was too big for her owners to properly take care of her and they decided she would be much safer and happier at YWP,” added Simon. “We are humbled to make a difference and to give Rosie a more spacious and comfortable life.”
The 13-year-old is the youngest yet largest of the two while 20-year-old Glenda was transferred to the park at Branton, near Doncaster from South Lakes Zoo in Cumbria.
They are simply amazing and a must-see for visitors.
Also known as the African spurred tortoise, due to the 3 or 4 spurs on their hind legs, they are the largest in Africa and the third largest in the world.
Sulcata tortoises are herbivores and enjoy munching on grass and plants.
The park and its Foundation supports conservation and welfare projects all around the world from the critically endangered Amur leopard in Russia, the black rhino in East Africa to the lemurs of Madagascar.
The park, which opened in 2009, allows visitors to get up close to some of the world’s most endangered and beautiful animals, including Amur Leopards and Tigers, African lions, and the country's only Polar Bears, in a breath-taking walkthrough adventure