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Giant tortoises on display at Bronx Zoo

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Two giant Aldabra tortoises now call the Bronx Zoo their home. One tortoise weighs about 400 pounds and the other about 600, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. Both are male.

They can be seen in at the Zoo Center. Their habitat features a sandy substrate, vegetation, and a freshwater pool, mimicking their native habitat the Aldabra atoll in the Republic of Seychelles, WCS said.

Aldabra tortoises may live 200 years or more, according to WCS.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature classifies giant Aldabra tortoises as "vulnerable."

Only two species of giant tortoise remain: the Aldabra tortoise and the Galapagos tortoise.

The Wildlife Conservation Society's mission is to protect wildlife and wild places around the world through science, conservation, and education programs and its network of zoos and aquarium in New York City.

In fact, the city's zoos have welcomed several new animals this year.

The Bronx Zoo got Komodo dragons, a baby Colobus monkey, baby western lowland gorillas, and Turkmenian flare-horned markhor.

The Queens Zoo added American bison, a Roosevelt elk calf, and a southern pudu.

The Prospect Park Zoo put North American river otter pups and Geoffroy's marmoset twins on display.

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