International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Vulnerable. The African pancake tortoises are popular in the pet trade, which has made them considerably vulnerable in the wild. Habitat loss in Africa combined with a slow reproductive rate make this species’ recovery difficult.
These tortoises inhabit isolated locations in eastern Africa, from Kenya to Tanzania. The habitat they prefer is areas of small hills with rocky outcropping in arid thornbrush.
African pancake tortoises are strictly herbivorous. They eat dry grasses, fallen fruits and available vegetation.