Goober the 411-pound tortoise returns to Jacksonville Zoo

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Goober, a 411-pound Aldabra tortoise is back at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens starting Saturday.

He was introduced to his new exhibit this weekend at the beginning of the zoo's Africa boardwalk.

Goober is estimated to be about 62-years-old.

In a release, the zoo reminds longtime patrons that they may remember Goober from as far back as 1968 when he first arrived.

In 1984, Goober was half-responsible for helping create the first Aldabra tortoise hatchlings bred in captivity in the western hemisphere. Goober himself was born in the wild.

He's back from a stay at the Central Florida Zoo in Sanford.

In the Fall of this year, Goober will be joined at the beginning of the Africa boardwalk by a new flock of African flamingos.


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