Tortoises have been around for millions of years. In fact, the oldest tortoise fossils date back to the Eocene Period, which was 34 to 56 million years ago. Unfortunately, many tortoise species are either threatened, vulnerable, or endangered, primarily due to human activity. More specifically, tortoises are suffering from either a loss, degradation, or fragmentation of their natural habitat.
- Recommended Age: 18 months and up
- Size in cm: 21.5 L x 12 W x 10 H
- Size in inches: 8.46 L x 4.72 W x 3.94 H
- Scale: 1:3.8
- UPC: 095866260729
A few tortoise species are listed as Critically Endangered, including the radiated tortoise and the ploughshare tortoise. Others are listed as Vulnerable or Endangered due to habitat destruction, poaching and collection for the pet trade. Conservation efforts to protect threatened tortoise species have met some success.