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Like the turtle, you are independent. Making your own way you are a traveler who is all about the journey. A strong spirit with the love for being outdoors and testing your physical strength, you are the tank in your social circle!

You are compatible with…


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What can you do for Turtles?

Shell-ful Solutions

You can help by making healthy consumer decisions when working on outdoor spaces. Asphalt and ``impervious`` surfaces can cause pollution runoff in water ways and wetlands. By replacing asphalt with a pervious surface like gravels, pollutants are less likely to collect together and runoff in large amounts into waterways.

What does the Cincinnati Zoo do for Turtles?

Many of the Cincinnati Zoo’s turtles are ambassadors for their species, like our Alligator Snapping Turtle, or our Galapagos tortoises. Some of our turtles are even rescues or part of our endangered turtle breeding program. From the red-eared sliders that lounge in Swan Lake, to the graceful ground-dwelling Galapagos tortoises, you’ll find turtles wherever you go at the Cincinnati Zoo!

Did You Know?
  • The Galapagos tortoise can weigh as much as 500 pounds! 

  • Box turtles are called box turtles because they have a hinge-like feature on their shell, which allows them to close themselves into their shell to hide.

  • Turtles and tortoises have nerves in their shells, and can feel when something touches it!

turtle on land

Come see our turtles and tortoises at the Zoo:

Cincinnati Zoo Map

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