Seneca Park Zoo is home to three African pancake tortoises, one male and two female. A male and a female reside inside the Animals of the Savanna building, while the second female serves as a program animal.
African pancake tortoises are strictly herbivorous. They eat dry grasses, fallen fruits and available vegetation.
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status
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.