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Oakland Zoo Rescues Two Teenage Tortoises From Oklahoma Roadside Attraction

The Oakland Zoo just took in a pair of Aldabra tortoises, both teenage males, who were both confiscated from a roadside zoo in Oklahoma.

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Both rescued Aldabra tortoises were neglected and malnourished, the zoo says.

“Oakland Zoo is no stranger to embracing rescues from the illegal wildlife trade. The vast majority of our animal residents are rescues, and many of those rescues were victims of this multibillion-dollar industry,” the zoo said on Facebook.

These two juvenile tortoises will join six Aldabra tortoises already sharing half an acre of habitat at Oakland Zoo – after being quarantined and thoroughly examined by zoo vets.

Aldabra giant tortoises are native to the Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles and can live over 120 years and weigh up to 550 pounds. They were probably one of many Indian Ocean giant tortoise species, but others were likely driven to extinction by European hunting and poaching. At least one Aldabra tortoise is said to have lived to be 255 years old – the tortoise, named Adwaita, was gifted to Kolkata Zoo in 1875, reportedly aged 125, and lived until 2006.

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