The Valley of the Tortoises wildlife park is located at Sorède in the South of France and is home to over 500 living tortoises from more than thirty different species. Some are endemic to the region while others are from other continents in the world.

Come and admire one of the largest land tortoises, such as the beautiful Giant Seychelles Tortoise or the Radiated Tortoise of Madagascar, or come in close proximity to one of the most dangerous species, such as the Waspish tortoise or Alligator tortoise!

You will also encounter the very strange Matamata tortoise, the belligerent Sulcata tortoise, the lovely Hermann and Greek tortoise and many others...

European Pond Tortoise (Emys orbicularis) description

Graptemys (Graptemys pseudogeographica) description

Matamata Tortoise (Chelus fimbriatus)

Alligator Tortoise (Macroclemys temminckii)

Elongated Tortoise (Indoctestudo elongata)

Boettgeri (Hermann) Tortoise (Testudo boettgeri) description

Box Tortoise (Terrapene carolina sp, Terapene ornata) description

Amboina Box Turtle (Cuora amboinenis)

Border Tortoise or Marginated Tortoise (Testudo marginata) description

Red-Footed Tortoise (Chelonoidis carbonaria)

Tortoises of Florida (Trachemys scripta scripta et Trachemys scripta elegans) description of the scripta, description of the elegans

Black River Turtle (Rhinoclemmys funerea)

Giant Tortoise or Aldabra Tortoise (Dipsochelys elephantina, Aldabrachelys gigantea) click here, description , Sophie the giant abused tortoise 

Giant Asian Brown Tortoise (Manouria emys) description

Greek Tortoise (Testudo graeca ibera et Testudo graeca graeca) description of ibera , descriptif of graeca

Snapping or Sepentine Tortoises (Chelydra serpentina) description

Hermann Tortoise (Testudo hermanni hermanni)

Leopard Tortoise or African Tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis) description

Leper Tortoise (Mauremys leprosa) description

Peloponnesian Miniature Tortoise (Testudo weissingeri)

Radiated Tortoise of Madagascar, considered the most beautiful tortoise in the world (Astrochelys radiata) description

Tortoise of the Russian Steppe (Agrionemys horsfieldi)

Sulcata Tortoise or African Sahel Tortoise (Centrochelys sulcata) description

Trionyx - African Soft Shelled Tortoise (Apalone ferox et spinifera)

Clemmyde to goutellette (Clemmys guttata) description




Visitors can enjoy guided tours or visit the grounds at their leisure. Information signs in French, English and Spanish line the walking route. Booklets in German and Catalan are also available at the Welcome Centre.

The Terrarium

You can admire our exotic baby tortoises, such as strange Matamata tortoise and soft tortoises!


In-house care facilities: The Tortoise Care Centre

New this year: the opening of the Tortoise Care Centre. You can observe the work of the tortoise care specialists as you learn about different pathologies relating to tortoises.