Aldabra Tortoise

Geochelone gigantean

At the zoo
One of our Aldabra tortoises is estimated to be over 130 years old. You can find our Aldabra tortoises beside the wallabies.

Size
Males: 47 in
Females: 35 in
300-500 lbs

Lifespan
150+ years

Diet
These tortoises are herbivores and eat plants.

Habitat/Range
They are native to the Aldabra Islands.

Status
Threatened

Did you know?

  • These large tortoises are very strong and are capable of knocking down small trees to find leaves to eat. When they do this, they create pathways for other animals.
  • They are herbivores and eat leaves, grasses, fruit, and flowers. They are considered seed distributors and play an important role in the ecology of the region they live in.
  • Aldabra tortoises are the world’s second largest tortoise and some males reach 550 lbs. The largest species is the Galapagos tortoise. Wild aldabras live on a group of islands called the Aldabra Atoll, and prefer grasslands and coastal dunes.