- Associated Press - Saturday, November 1, 2014

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A Galapagos tortoise has moved to his new exhibit at the Toledo Zoo.

The exhibit opening this weekend at the zoo’s Ziems Conservatory provides winter quarters for the giant tortoise named Emerson. The conservatory offers a climate-controlled environment for the tortoise that arrived at the zoo in August.

The conservatory houses various tropical plants such as bananas and palms. The tortoise species is native to the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador in South America. The conservatory’s plants are similar to plants found on those islands.

The tortoise will gain an outdoor exhibit this spring.

Emerson is estimated to be at least 100 years old and weighs more than 400 pounds.

Zoo officials say Gapalagos tortoises can live more than 150 years and weigh up to 500 pounds.

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