Aldabra Giant Tortoise

The Aldabra giant tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantean), one of the largest tortoise species on Earth, is endemic to the Aldabra atoll, Seychelles. Formerly giant tortoises were found on many Indian Ocean islands but became extinct historically due to exploitation by sailors from passing ships. Live tortoises would be taken on board ships to supplement meagre rations.

Currently there are between 80 and 100 tortoises on North Island, most of which were donations from other islands.