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Tulsa Zoo Welcomes Nine Aldabra Tortoises

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The Tulsa Zoo has welcomed nine Aldabra tortoises after they recently hatched.

The Tulsa Zoo has reportedly hatched 109 Aldabra tortoises since it began breeding them in 1999, the only zoo to successfully breed the species more than once.

The zoo reported that the hatchlings began to emerge from their shell Feb. 9, but it can take up to five days for the baby tortoises to emerge.

The new hatchlings can be viewed in an exhibit in the conservation center.

There are also three male adult Aldabra tortoises and two adult females at the zoo. The males reportedly weigh close to 400 pounds while the females weight near 175 pounds.

The adult Aldabra tortoises at the zoo are between 31 and 100 years old.

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