Franklin the Star Tortoise standing on a red rock.

Star Tortoise (Franklin)

Star Tortoise (Franklin)

Adopt Franklin

I’m Franklin, a teeny-tiny star tortoise. I’m probably the cutest thing you’ll ever lay eyes on… I promise I’m not biased!


Franklin the Star Tortoise with his head slightly in his shell facing the camera.


I’m an Indian native found throughout Sri Lanka and I share my home at Australia Zoo with Fijian crested iguanas, which is super cool. I’m one of the smallest tortoises on the planet – I will only reach up to 35 centimetres in length.


Franklin the Star Tortoise with his head slightly in his shell looking right.


My keepers think I’m cute as a button and they’re always impressed by me because, despite my tiny stature, I can live in some of the harshest environments in the world! I’m a herbivore and my favourite foods are berries and flowers.

My species is vulnerable in the wild, so by adopting me, you’re helping me advocate for my wild cousins! We’re, sadly, threatened in the wild by the illegal wildlife trade, poaching and habitat destruction.

Adopt Franklin

Adoption Packages

  • $50 Bronze Adoption
  • $100 Silver Adoption
  • $250 Gold Adoption
  • $500 Platinum Adoption
  • $10,000 Ultimate Adoption

Most of the inclusions in your adoption pack are online, meaning that your adoption is not only helping one of our animals, but the environment too!

All animal adoptions are a single payment and last for 12 months from the date of purchase. You can choose to renew your adoption after this time and continue your support of our animals and wildlife conservation efforts.

If you would like to contribute more than the specified adoption amounts, you are more than welcome to do so! Please contact us by email or phone to find out more.

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* Each guest pass is valid for a single day entry only, to be used within 12 months of adoption purchase. For Gold, Platinum and Ultimate adoptions, guest passes can be used for multiple single day entries for one person, or single day entries for up to the specified amount of people. For Gold or Platinum adoptions, if you are unable to use the included guest passes you can opt to swap the guest passes for a plush toy animal.

^ The encounter is subject to availability and must be pre-booked. Restrictions based on age, group size, and specific animals apply. Please note that encounters with some animals are not possible due to health and safety regulations (they include: saltwater crocodiles, tigers, elephants, snakes and iguanas); an alternative animal encounter will be substituted.

Please note: While all of the animals available for adoption are usually on display at the Zoo and/or participate in encounters, adopting an animal does not guarantee the chance of seeing or meeting them if visiting the Zoo. Animal availability is subject to change; there may be times when animals may be temporarily off display due to unforeseen circumstances, such as veterinary check-ups or habitat maintenance. If booking one of our amazing animal encounters to meet your adoptee, please advise staff of the animal you adopt at the time of booking.

Animal adoptions and associated elements are non-refundable, non-transferable and not redeemable for cash.

It is important to note that adopting an animal does not provide a company or organisation license to promote Australia Zoo across their channels. If you desire to include in advertising and/or collateral including your website, further discussions will be required. If interested, please let us know and we can organise a meeting. Thank you again for your support!

*Please allow up to 3 weeks for the delivery of your gift pack, if applicable.