These tortoises can weigh 250Kg (551 pounds) and live more than 200 years
The Aldabra Giant Tortoise (Geochelone gigantea), from the islands of the Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles, is one of the largest tortoises in the world. Similar in size to the famous Galapagos Giant Tortoise, its carapace averages 120 cm (47 inches) in length. The average weight of a male is around 250 kg (551 pounds), but one male at the Fort Worth Zoological Park weighs over 360 kg (793 pounds). This species is widely referred to as Geochelone gigantea but is now placed in the genus Dipsochelys (or sometimes in the invalid genus Aldabrachelys) as Dipsochelys dussumieri.
The Aldabra Tortoise is one of the largest tortoises in the world. They are an endangered species and are not commonly kept as private pets, although the Aldabra Tortoise is a common tortoise in zoos and wildlife preserves. Attempts are being made to reintroduce Aldabra Tortoises to small islands.
The only remaining species of four types of giant tortoises that once lived in the Indian Ocean, the Aldabra Tortoise lives on the Aldabra Atoll, an island north of Madagascar on the coast of Kenya. It is estimated that there are about 150,000 Aldabras living on the Aldabra Atoll, the largest known colony of giant tortoises in the world.
Melbourne Zoo, Parkville, Victoria, Australia