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The Radiated tortoise (Geochelone radiata) is a species in the genus of the geochelone tortoises. Although this species is native only to Southern Madagascar and mostly only found there, it can be found in the rest of this country and has been introduced to the islands of Réunion and Mauritius. The oldest tortoise ever recorded, indeed the oldest reptile ever recorded, was a radiated tortoise, Tui Malila, which attained the age of 188.
Due to a destruction of their habitat by humans and poaching, it is classified as Vulnerable (CR) by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).
The Bronx Zoo, located within the Bronx Park, is the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States, comprising 265 acres of parklands and naturalistic habitats and home to over 4,000 animals. Focused on conservation, it opened on November 8, 1899, with 22 exhibits, 843 animals. The zoo's origins date back to 1895, with the establishment of the New York Zoological Society (NYZS), renamed Wild Conservation Society (WCS) in 1993. Only the outer structure of the World of Reptiles remains much as it was in 1899. With the 1941 opening of African Plains, the Bronx Zoo was one of the first U.S. zoos to move away from cages and exhibit animals in naturalistic habitats.