IMPORTANT NOTICE

The Discovery Centre will be closing at 1:00pm on Tuesday 19th November for planned cleaning and maintenance. The centre will reopen at 9:30am on Wednesday 20th November | Woodland walk will also be closed from 19th November until 24th November for scheduled maintenance work | Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances the Safari Roadtrain is currently out of action – hopefully this is a temporary issue and we’ll keep everyone posted when it is up and running!

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Children (3-15 Years) £10.95 £9.95
Under 3's FREE FREE
Senior Citizen (65 Years+) £12.95 £11.75
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African Pancake Tortoise

Malacochersus tornieri

These tortoises can be recognised by their flattened shell - hence their name! Their shells grow to around 17cm in length but only 3cm high!

measurements

Measurements

Size: Males 12 - 16cm Female 13 - 18cm
Weight: Males 200 - 500g Females 240 - 580g

habitat

Habitat

This tortoise is found in the savannahs and rocky scrubland of Kenya and Tanzania. Its flattened shell allows it to hide from predators in rock crevices.

diet

Diet

In the wild, African pancake tortoises feed on a variety of grasses, herb and succulents, but also occasionally on seeds or nuts.

behaviour

Breeding

Females will lay 1 egg at a time at varying intervals, which can be incubated for up to 6 months. Hatchlings are around 4cm in length.

threat

Conservation

Numbers of pancake tortoises are believed to have decreased by 80% in just 30 years. The illegal pet trade and habitat degradation are the main threats to this species. Our pancake tortoises are part of a European Studbook Breeding Programme, and bred for the first time in 2017.

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