Meet Pepe, Paris, Johnny and Jeanette - our resident Aldabra Giant Tortoises. These four old-timers can be found opposite the Dive Centre and love receiving visits from our guests. A visit with one of our knowledgeable members from the Recreation Team is recommended, as they can point out the individual characteristics and personality traits of each of our giants and know where to get their favourite food (apples). Despite being relics of the dinosaur age, these tortoises are surprisingly affectionate and enjoy having their necks rubbed. Aldabra giant tortoises are among the largest tortoises in the world and can live for over 200 years. While our tortoises may be young for their species (Johnny, the eldest, is over 75 years old), we still ask our guests to be respectful of these remarkable animals and not sit on them or put their fingers near their mouths - giant tortoises are largely herbivorous, but will try to eat anything that is offered to them!
This species of giant tortoise is indigenous to the Aldabra atoll (in the far south of Seychelles' territory) and typically live in herds on flat grasslands. They once faced extinction due to over-hunting and habitat destruction by 18th century sailors, but are now protected and live freely on many of Seychelles' outer islands.
Captive populations are part of breeding programmes essential to the survival of the species and can be seen in many locations on Seychelles' inner islands, like the Botanical Gardens in Victoria. For more information about this unique species, consider visiting the Seychelles Natural History Museum. Our Lady in Red is available to recommend the best places to visit these animals and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on +248 438 6666.