The Aldabra tortoise was one of the first species to be protected to ensure its survival. Conservationists of the late 1800's along with the governor of Mauritius set aside a captive breeding population on Mauritius as well as protecting the Aldabra Atoll.
Adult male Aldabra tortoises can weigh over 500lbs. A hatchling weighs about 3oz.
HABITATScrub, mangrove swamp, and coastal dune, and grasslands
DIETVegitation, invertibrates and carrion
LIFE ExpectancyBelieved to surpass 100 years