Bolson Tortoise

GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION: 
Small area in Northern Mexico where the States of Chihuahua, Durango and Coahuila meet.

DIET:  
Feed mainly on Tobosa bunch grass.  At the El Paso Zoo they are fed salad greens.

HABITAT: 
Chihuahuan Desert scrub habitat dominated by creosote bush and Tobosa bunch grass.

DESCRIPTION: 
Flavomarginatus derives from Latin flavis meaning yellow and marginatus meaning edge or border and refers to the coloration of the marginal scutes.

DID YOU KNOW? 
These tortoises live in colonies of up to 100 individuals. They forage for food during early and late daylight hours. During the rest of day they hide from sun inside their burrows. The bolson tortoise is the largest reptilian, terrestrial, herbivore in North America. The El Paso Zoo is working with a group of veterinarians and biologists as a part of the bolson tortoise reintroduction project managed by the Turner Endangered Species Fund. This conservation project was created in an effort to grow the bolson tortoise population to a size that will allow release in the wild.

MORE ABOUT OUR ANIMALS: 
The El Paso Zoo is currently home to a small group of bolson tortoises including some bolson tortoise hybrids living in the America Lands exhibit.   There are also some younger bolson tortoises living in a smaller exhibit outside the front entrance to the El Paso Water Utilities Discovery Education Center.   

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED IN CONSERVATION EFFORTS: 
Read about bolson tortoises online and check out books from your local library. Become a member of the El Paso Zoological Society. Funds raised by the Society are used to support conservation efforts at the Zoo and in the wild.  

JUST FOR KIDS: 
During the spring, summer and fall you can often see five species of tortoises in the El Paso Zoo.  During the warmer months for a special fun experience while visiting the Zoo see how many different species of tortoises you can find. There is one species in Africa and four species in the Americas.