Pet World Lawrence

Tortoise Feeding

Every year as it gets colder outside our giant, rescued, sulcata tortoises must come inside for the winter. These big guys (and gals) live on Pet World's version of an "African Savannah" during the summer - quarter acre pens (in the middle of an 80 acre nature preserve) complete with a green house, shade trees, and all the grass and sunshine they can handle! But as it cools off every year they come inside to their winter home on exhibit at Pet World.


Our tortoises inside at Pet World being hand fed, in their outdoor enclosure being fed by our Animal Camp kids and a shot of some of our camp kids hiking to see the tortoises during Critter Camp.

These iconic tortoises are an absolute blast to have in the store during the winter! Their personality and antics make them a favorite of the staff and customers alike.

Every day at 4 o'clock we break out a big bag of lettuce and offer customers the unique experience of hand feeding one of these giant tortoises! We’ll teach you (and your kids) the safe, correct way to feed them. It's a fun time for the entire family! Feel free to bring your camera and get some shots of your friends and family feeding our giant tortoises!

How much does it cost? Nothing – It’s absolutely free! Come in often while they’re on exhibit during mid-October through early May.

Also available to feed are our smaller red footed tortoises!

Employment Opportunities

Pet World has long been known as an atypical, highly sought after work experience - more like a paid internship than a job. Turnover is high the first month then very low after the trial period. If you are interested in joining the Pet World team please check out our Employment Opportunities page to view job openings.

Location & Hours

Pet World
711 W 23rd Street
Lawrence, KS 66046

Phone: 785-841-7476

Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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