Spotted Turtle

Spotted Turtle

Spotted turtles are omnivorous (eats both animal and plant foods) and feeds primarily underwater. Spotted turtles are active all day long in early spring. The sex of the hatchling is determined by nest temperature at specific times during the incubation period. Cooler temperatures produce males and warmer temperatures produce females.

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Rosamond Gifford Zoo's Elephants Return from Canada


Targa, Mali and little Chuck are now residing at Asian Elephant Preserve

 Syracuse, NY (November 10, 2011) - The Rosamond Gifford Zoo announced today that the three elephants temporarily residing at Canada's African Lion Safari have returned to Syracuse.

"Targa, Mali and little Chuck have safely returned to their home here at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo," said Zoo Director Ted Fox. "We are so thankful to our Canadian colleagues for taking such good care of them over the past five years and look forward to reuniting the herd in the near future."

"This is an exciting time to be at the zoo," said Janet Agostini, president of Friends of the Zoo. "We are so grateful to members of the community who took part in our 'Buy a Mile' campaign, which raised $8,650 to help bring the elephants home."

trio reunite

Little Chuck, Mali and Targa