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Sulcata Tortoise

Sulcata Tortoise

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The Sulcata tortoise is found in Northern Africa and the southern edge of the Sahara Desert. They are also known as the African Spurred Tortoise due to the spurs on their legs.

Sulcatas are herbivores, eating plants for both food and water intake. In the wild, their diet consists of grasses, cacti, weeds and flowers. In zoos, they eat a range of grasses, weeds and leafy greens.

The Sulcata is well adapted to withstand the challenges of its habitat. Firstly, they are well camouflaged with sandy colouration all over. They can also burrow deep into the sand when it is too hot or cold to prevent dehydration and overheating. They can stay in their burrows for long periods of time, depending mostly on metabolic water and moisture from food to stay hydrated. Once temperatures rise to higher than 40 °C, they can smear saliva on their forearms to cool down. Sulcatas are most active during dawn and dusk and often bask in the morning sun to raise their body temperature after being cold overnight.

Fun fact: the Sulcata tortoise is the third biggest species of tortoise in the world, after the Galapagos tortoise and the Aldabra tortoise.

Latest information regarding Coronavirus

Following the latest Government guidelines (issued on 10th May 2020) the Resort remains closed until further notice.

Have a Hotel short break booked when the Resort is closed? We can move your stay date with no extra cost! (subject to availability).
For guests with Hotel short breaks arriving up to and including 3rd July 2020, we have relaxed our usual terms and conditions so you can now reschedule your break to another date in our 2020 season with no additional cost (subject to availability). Please visit the Manage My Booking page with your booking reference to rearrange your stay to a new date up to and including 1st November 2020.

Have a Park ticket booked when the Resort is closed? You can use this for another day in 2020!

If you have a Park ticket to visit when the Resort is closed, your ticket will be valid for use on another day during our 2020 season, up to and including 1st November 2020.

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