Welcome New Species
Blue-bellied rollers, leopard tortoises and frilled lizards just joined our Zoo family

Welcome Our Newest Species

Published Oct. 19, 2020

We’re excited to welcome several spectacular new species to our Zoo family!

Blue-bellied rollers get their name from the vibrant blue feathers along their bellies and how they tell potential mates they are interested: they call loudly while they fly, roll and tumble to the ground. You’ll find our brothers, Horus and Anubis, in the African aviary in Flights of Fancy. These beautiful birds can be found throughout Africa, just like the leopard tortoise.

Known for the spotted shell patterns, the leopard tortoise the fourth largest species of tortoise in the world, growing up to 18 inches long and weighing up to 40 pounds. Our pair of rescued tortoises, Howard and Bernadette, now have a new home under our Deserts Dome.

Another newcomer in Deserts, frilled lizards are native to Australia and New Guinea. Our two young lizards are too small to be on exhibit right now, but they’ll be out before long. While resting, their frills hang from their throats like curtains. When alarmed, those frills pop up, making their heads look several times larger. They will then sprint away from the danger on their hind legs.

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