mountain tortoise

Meet Ozymandias, our endangered Burmese Mountain Tortoise (Manouria emys)! Reaching weights of upto 100lbs, this unusual critter is the fourth largest tortoise species on Earth!

They are also among the most primitive extant tortoises on the planet based on morphological and molecular studies.

We are proud to be the caretaker of two Burmese Mountain Tortoises and we intend to help in Canada’s captive breeding of this species at risk. Come visit Ozy at the Prehistoria Natural History Centre in Toronto! We are open Friday-Sunday (12-6pm) at 1193 Weston rd (Weston & Eglinton).


Adventures with gckaf!

On Saturday, Mommy and I got to visit friend gckaf! Mommy brought my leash, so friend gckaf took me out for a wonderful long walk through her yard. I had so much fun exploring all the different kinds of rocks in gckaf’s yard under the warm summer sun!

Friend gckaf says I am much easier to walk than dogbeast Bucky. Maybe next time we should try walking Bucky while I’m sitting on his head!


Mommy, there was an earthquake last night, and now there’s a mountain inside my hidey hut!!

April Fool’s! Mommy could hardly believe her eyes when she came to say good morning. I am getting stronger much faster than she expected: All hail Kirby the Mover of Mountains!

One minor problem: Can you help me get out? I’m kind of stuck…

It’s a family reunion 32 million years in the making! The fossilized shell (and partial skeleton) in my hand is the first genus of dry land tortoise ever discovered in the United States! They existed from the late Eocene to the early Oligocene, living in subtropical regions of Europe, Asia and North America. This ~32 million year old specimen was found in South Dakota. The living critter is an endangered Burmese Mountain Tortoise (Manouria emys), found in fragmented pockets from India to Indonesia. They grow to become the largest tortoise in mainland Asia and the fourth largest on Earth! Based on morphological and molecular studies they are the most primitive of all living tortoises and they are the only tortoise species to build an above ground nest, which is constructed out of leaf litter. The mother will actually protect her nest, doing her best to chase away predators! These are both specimens freely on display at the Prehistoria Natural History Centre and we have every intention of breeding our mountain tortoise to assist in the longterm survival of their species.

Happy Friday! This juvenile Burmese Black Mountain Tortoise (Manouria emys phayrei) may look small now, but she will grow up to weigh almost 100 pounds! We work closely with this charismatic and Endangered species at our conservation center to ensure its survival.


Couldn’t resist one more post about the older woman in my life…


My First Brunch!, Part 1

Two weeks ago, I went to my first brunch! My first order of business (after charming all the beautiful ladies at the table) was investigating everything on the table. By far the most exciting item on the table was Mommy’s kale salad—which I got to eat!