New Ladies at the Knoxville Zoo

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Three giant Aldabra tortoises from Atlanta have made their way to the Knoxville Zoo for the winter season. While their male counterpart Al, moved to Atlanta. It's all a part of an elaborate matchmaking plan to successfully breed the tortoises.

In the spring, Al will be introduced to the ladies to see who he picks to mate with.

Aldabra tortoises live to be at least 200 years old and can mate until they die. The ladies are a youthful 60 years old and weigh around 200 pounds while Al is well over 120 years old and weighs 500 pounds.

Of course we will keep you up to date on this matchmaking plan to see if it works.

The ladies will not be on display to the public but in the spring you can stop by to see Al and his lady friends.

This weekend you can visit the zoo for free. It's from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Last admissions will be an hour before the zoo closes which is 3:30 p.m. Also, while your at the zoo you can make a donation to The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley, Young-Williams Animal Center or Mission of Hope.


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