• Due to adverse weather, bug handling is now available at WEEKENDS ONLY and has moved from Discovery Den to Sensation Station.
• Due to Avian Influenza, we have put in place a range of precautionary measures, including the closure of some of our exhibits. Find out more here.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding whilst we put these measures in place for the safety of our animals.
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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