Cincinnati Zoo opens new, roomier exhibit for Galapagos tortoises

Now you can feed, pet them

CINCINNATI - Watch out, Fiona.

Another big thing is happening at the Cincinnati Zoo. A new interactive exhibit for the Galapagos tortoises is now open.

The Galapagos tortoise is one of the longest-living animals in the world and can get up to 700 pounds.

Four tortoises will call the new exhibit home.

This is one of the few exhibits at the zoo where you can pet and feed the animal, making it extra special.

The new exhibit is 10 times bigger than the last one. The new pool has more space for exercise and  interaction.

“Folks might remember historically we had a small yard right here for the tortoises,” said zoo director Thane Maynard said. “But as they're growing up, we want to give more space. They have a special pool to cool off in."

Zookeepers are expecting to keep these tortoises here in Cincinnati for the rest of their lives.

 "We had the exhibit built specifically with full-grown animals in mind so we don't have to move anyone out,” said Tony Lewis, team leader of the Reptile House. “They can all stay here and live very long.”

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