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.