There are two male radiated tortoises, A-Rod. and Jeter. Both were hatched in 1994 at the Bronx Zoo and came to the Seneca Park Zoo in 1998. They are taken outside at least once a week in the summer and love to eat the grass, especially clovers, and being in the sun.
Status in the Wild
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Critically endangered. These tortoises are in trouble due to loss of habitat, poaching for food and exploitation in the pet trade. The Seneca Park Zoo is part of the Species Survival Plan to aid the recovery of the radiated tortoise.
Radiated tortoises make their home in Southern Madagascar in dry scrub forests and woodlands.
These tortoises are herbivores, eating grasses, fruit and succulent plants such as cacti.