Tort-ally wild new habitat at Werribee Open Range Zoo

Visiting Werribee Open Range Zoo?

Go and check out the newly renovated habitat for the Zoo’s eight tortoises, which includes five Leopard tortoises and three Bell’s Hinge-back tortoises.

The newly renovated tortoise habitat is three times larger than their previous indoor home and includes access to a lush, landscaped outdoor area.

Their indoor habitat includes a new pond, new basking areas, heat pads, heaters and UV lamps along with an area specifically designed for only the smaller Bell’s Hinge-back tortoises to enter.

As well as providing a haven for the smaller tortoises, which are half the size of their habitat mates, the additional dwelling allows zoo keepers to customise the temperature of the basking areas to meet the individual needs of each species.

Visitors to Werribee Open Range Zoo can see the two tortoise species in the Ranger Kids building, which also features an immersive play area for children and is a must-do on those wet weather days!



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