Twycross Zoo's new training regime for tortoises

Twycross Zoo cares for three Aldabra tortoises
Twycross Zoo cares for three Aldabra tortoises Credit: Twycross Zoo

An extension area to the giant tortoise exhibit at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire has prompted keepers to develop a new training programme to help bring these slow moving creatures indoors quicker while they renovate.

The training has also proved beneficial for health checks
The training has also proved beneficial for health checks Credit: Twycross Zoo

In an attempt to ensure it is not just the hare the tortoise can defeat, zookeepers have given them a training programme to make sure they move back in quicker.

It follows a planned extension of the animal's indoor and outdoor facilities.

Twycross Zoo’s new outdoor tortoise exhibit is now open
Twycross Zoo’s new outdoor tortoise exhibit is now open Credit: Twycross Zoo

Zookeepers also say the regime has proved beneficial for health checks.

Twycross Zoo cares for three Aldabra tortoises: Tim aged 40, Shelly 30 and Speedy aged 70.

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An extension area to the giant tortoise exhibit at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire has prompted keepers to develop a new training programme to help bring these slow moving creatures indoors.