March 24, 2018

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium welcomes its first-ever visit by Galapagos tortoises

Melinda Boling’s second-grade class at Burgettstown Elementary is wrapping up a unit on animals — complete with a book about a tortoise who helped a hippo learn to eat. On Wednesday, Ms. Boling’s students oohed and aahed over two live tortoises, in a new exhibit at the Pittsburgh Zoo PPG Aquarium.

“They’re awesome, and so big,” said Garrett Yazevac, 8, of the two Galapagos tortoises on loan from an Allenwood, Pa., zoo. The tortoises will call Pittsburgh home through Labor Day.

His classmate Charlotte Mongole said she wanted to touch one, to feel the hard shell on the 160-pound reptile. At