A female Aldabra tortoise named Patches made her spring ceremonial “Aldabra Walk” on Tuesday.
The walk kicks off the return of the Zoo’s giant tortoises to their warm-weather habitat at Scaly Slimy Spectacular: The Amphibian and Reptile Experience.
Patches and her fellow Aldabra tortoises, female Corky and male Shuffles, are estimated to have hatched around 1965.
According to Zoo Atlanta, Aldabra tortoises are among the world’s longest-lived animals, with life spans that can exceed 100 years.
Although Patches herself is a piece of living history at Zoo Atlanta, she completed her walk outfitted with the latest 21st century technology, wearing a GoPro camera on her shell.
Zoo Members and guests may meet and feed Patches, Corky or Shuffles in Aldabra Tortoise Wild Encounters. Visit Zoo Atlanta for more.