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Aldabra Tortoise

Aldabra Tortoise

Animal's Behavior

Large and powerful, good swimmers.

Eating Habits

Grasses, plants, small invertebrates


The largest population (about 100,000 animals) lives on Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles.

Conservation Efforts

These tortoises were targeted by the earliest conservationists, with a preserve established for them by the end of the 19th century.

Animal Facts

  • These tortoises definitely dominate their habitat.
  • They’ve become a subject of the pet trade recently, but require enormous commitment and very special care.

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Quick Facts

Scientific Name

Aldabrachelys gigantea


Animalia, Chordata, Reptilia, Terudines,Cryptodira, Testudinoidea

Place of Birth



Usually around 550 pounds, although weight of 794 pounds has been recorded


Brownish or tan


As much as 170 years. One tortoise was estimated to be 255 years old at the time of death.

Conservation Status


Where to See

Audubon Zoo

Mailing address: Audubon Nature Institute 6500 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 70118
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