Central Africa, from West to East.
Herbivore. Grasses, succulent plants.
Habitat: Desert fringes to dry savannahs
Incubation: 15-30 eggs, incubation 8 months
Social structure: Solitary
Lifespan: ~54 years
IUCN Status: Vulnerable
Estimated population in the wild: Unknown
Threats: Habitat loss due to urbanisation, overgrazing by domestic livestock and desertification, hunting by local tribes for food, international trade as pets or to make longevity potions in Japan.
Did you know that:
It is the biggest tortoise of the African mainland and the 3rd largest of the world.
During the dry season, they retire into burrows of up to 3.5m depth which they excavate with their forelimbs.