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Trinidad's Oldest Animal

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The Emperor Valley is home to the oldest animal in the country, a South American  turtle (Podocnemis expansa).

This turtle was among the first group on animals on exhibit at the opening of the Emperor Valley Zoo on 8th November 1952. It was privately owned for over 20 years before being donated to the Zoo.

South American turtles, also called Arrau  turtles, inhabit rivers lagoons and forest ponds of South America including Guyana. They are occasionally found in Trinidad. These turtles are mainly herbivorous, eating fruits, flowers, roots and soft vegetation.

Trinidad's oldest living animal is on display at the Emperor Valley Zoo.

 

Zoo celebrates World Lion Day!

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The Emperor Valley Zoo celebrates World Lion Day! The Zoo is home to 5 African lions- 3 males, Mufasa, Scar and Kovu and 2 females, Nala and Sarabi. Nala is a white lioness. On this special day, Zoo staff carried out educational 'Lion Talks' with Zoo Guests in an effort to raise awareness about lion conservation. The lions were enriched with a huge meat-filled present and yummy frozen bloodcicles! Scores of Zoo Guests were thrilled to see the lions rip open their present and enjoy their treats!

   
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