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Sulawesi Forest Turtle

Leucocephalon yuwonoi

Quick Facts

Scientific name: Leucocephalon yuwonoi
Class: Reptile
Weight: 4+ pounds
Life span: Unknown
Conservation status: Critically endangered
Number of offspring: 1 to 2 eggs at a time


I Live In Asia

The Sulawesi forest turtle is native to the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. They can be found in cool mountain streams in the forests on the northern side of the island.

I Am An Omnivore

This turtle species feeds on a variety of vegetation and fruit, as well as some invertebrates.

Sulawesi Forest Turtles are Solitary

The Sulawesi forest turtle is a solitary species. They interact briefly only for mating.

One of a Kind

This rare turtle species is native to the island of Sulawesi off the southeast coast of Indonesia. This is the only place in the world they are found naturally in the wild.

Helping the Sulawesi Forest Turtle in the Wild

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo supports Turtle Survival Alliance, an organization that focuses on turtle conservation, specifically species at risk of extinction.

I Am Important To My Ecosystem

Because so little is known about this turtle species, their feces is often the object of study to learn more about them. Scientists have even founds insect that have yet to be identified in their fecal samples.


Learn more about our efforts, our conservation partners around the world, and the simple steps you can take to contribute.