Please note: 
• On Free Fun Friday, August 26, Franklin Park Zoo will close at 4:00 p.m., with the last admission at 3:30 p.m. 
• Due to the Caribbean Festival Parade on August 27, vehicular access and parking will be greatly affected around Franklin Park Zoo. Beginning at approximately 9:00 a.m., Peabody Circle will be closed to vehicular traffic, and vehicular access to Franklin Park Zoo will only be available from the Shea Rotary on Morton Street. Parking for Zoo guests will only be available at the Giraffe entrance accessed via Pierpont Road.

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African Spurred Tortoise

Geochelone sulcata

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About the African Spurred Tortoise

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Class: Reptilia  
Order: Testudines  
Family: Testudinidae 
Genus: Geochelone 
Species: sulcata

The African Spurred Tortoise is the largest tortoise in mainland Africa.  It is well camouflaged in its desert home by its sandy color, from its yellow-brown skin to its brownish carapace (upper shell). The back of its thigh bears two or three large conical spurs for which the tortoise is named.