In our February blog post, we reported that Big Red, our female Red-foot tortoise (Chelonoidis carbonaria) laid a four eggs. The eggs have been incubated since that time, and we’re happy to report that we have a new member of our family! 

 

We maintained the eggs at the lower end of the 85-95 degree temperature spectrum. As a result, the baby is likely a male. Above, Robin holds the first baby.

Above, Kumbia, the father, shares a banana with one of his older offspring. Kumbia, came to us after being taken from the wild. Turtles, like most reptiles, are on their own after the mother lays the eggs.

Staff, interns and program participants all have learned from and contributed to this process.

Above, Animal Embassy interns show off our Red Foot Tortoise family: Big Red (Mom), Kumbia (Dad), Cuiaba, Little Red, Ruby Red and Baby Red. 

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