A 300-pound Galapagos tortoise named Lucy is Gatorland’s newest addition, just in time for the holidays.

  • Lucy is 27 years old and weighs 300 pounds
  • She joins 2 other giant tortoises at Gatorland
  • Visitors can feed the tortoises for $5

Lucy, who is 27 years old, joins two other tortoises: Dean, a 100-year-old, 500-pound Aldabra giant tortoise and Kendrick, a 55-year-old, 200-pound sulcata African spurred tortoise. The self-described “Alligator Capital of the World” now has three of the largest tortoise species in the world.

“People rarely have a chance to see them in the wild, and we are proud to provide guests with a unique opportunity to meet them and learn about them,” said Mark McHugh, Gatorland’s President and CEO.

Gatorland has a history with tortoises. In 1959, park founder Owen Godwin acquired a 400-pound giant tortoise name Albert that lived to be over 100 years old. Albert II was purchased by Frank Godwin, Owen’s son, from a private owner in Fort Myers. He died in 2006.

“We still have guests ask us about Albert and Albert II, said McHugh. “They’re a big part of the nostalgic memories folks have about Gatorland.”

Visitors to Gatorland can feed the giant tortoises for $5.