The Aldabra giant tortoise are named after the Aldabra Atoll where they originated.
Many other Seychelles islands now contain Aldabra tortoises living in the wild or in enclosures.
You will find Aldabra tortoises living alone as well in groups, both in the wild and in captivity. In the wild, a group of tortoises, known as a herd, will generally be found grazing on grasslands.
You might see giant tortoises grazing on fresh lettuce leaves and fruit in captivity. In the wild, they generally still follow a herbivore diet as they eat a mix of grasses and stems. However, they have also occasionally been known to eat insects and even other dead tortoises.
Aldabra tortoises typically live between 80–120 years. There has, however, been exceptions to this. Currently, the record for the oldest animal in the world is held by Jonathan – the 184-year-old Aldabra tortoise from Seychelles!
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