Aldabra Giant Tortoise Close-up
In honor of my new karma class on JungleDragon! We saw these on La Curieuse island as part of the 3-island tour where they have been reintroduced after having been wiped out by the Europeans. They are very tame and friendly and enjoy (or at least don't protest) having their pictures taken.
The Aldabra giant tortoise , from the islands of the Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles, is one of the largest tortoises in the world. Historically, giant tortoises were on many of the western Indian Ocean islands, as well as Madagascar, and the fossil record indicates giant tortoises once occurred on every continent and many islands with the exception of Australia and Antarctica. Many of the Indian Ocean species were thought to be driven to extinction by over-exploitation by European sailors, and.. more