Please be aware that some areas of the zoo will be CLOSED from the following dates to allow us time to prepare for our Halloween events.
• From 25th September 2023, our Bears of the Rising Sun lower viewing area will be closed.
• From 2nd October 2023, our Elephant Bushwalk will be closed.
• From 9th October 2023, our Cheetah viewing area, opposite Komodo Dragons, will be closed.
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The Rhinoceros Iguana gets its name from its outgrowths, like horns, on the end of it's nose. These large, heavy bodied lizards are dusky- grey or olive green with dark cross bands that are often barely visible. They have three horny bumps on the snout, which are more pronounced in males. The average adult is 2 feet in length.
The yellow-footed tortoise is often mistaken for its red-footed counterpart as they are both large reptiles with attractive shells, however, yellow-footed tortoises are distinctive as their shell is more oval in shape, and tends to be wider and more rounded. The carapace is usually yellowish-brown with shades of dark brown on the edges of individual scutes.
The African spurred tortoise gets its name from the two or three large spurs on its legs. It is the largest mainland tortoise, reaching shell lengths of up to 88cm! These tortoises have very thick skin to help prevent them from losing too much moisture. This is important in such a hot, dry climate.
Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Gili Motang, Gili Dasami and Flores
Endangered and listed on Appendix I of CITES
The Komodo dragon is classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List and listed on Appendix I of CITES; their number has declined in the wild due to the threat of widespread habitat loss, a loss of prey species and hunting.
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