Critically endangered pancake tortoise hatched at the zoo
13th Jun 2023
We are extremely proud to announce that a critically endangered pancake tortoise has hatched at the zoo!
After an incredible incubation period of 173 days the hatchling finally emerged from its shell last week and is being cared for by our expert keepers in our behind the scenes nursery enclosure.
This fragile species is listed as critically endangered, meaning they are on the edge of extinction. Their decline is mostly a result of intense harvesting for the exotic pet trade as well as habitat destruction.
Our hatchling represents hope for this amazing species, and is one of only 5 hatched within U.K. zoos over the last year.
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