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.

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

150+ years

These tortoises are herbivores and eat plants.

They are native to the Aldabra Islands.


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.