Aldabra Giant Tortoise in Seychelles is one of the largest tortoise species, and also it is known as the longest living animals on our planet. It can grow up to roughly 1.3m in length and weighs well over 400kg and mostly live between 80 and 120 years due to their long lifespan, they only reach sexual maturity at around 30 years, which adds another challenge to their survival.
You all must be wondering, how did they get into the extension zone? Well, earlier, these giant tortoises were found on many Indian ocean islands, but due to the increase of human activity in their habitat, their count kept on decreasing. But how? So, what happened is that until the 17th century, sailors discovered that these tortoises were the perfect source of fresh provisions on long voyages because they can survive for months without water or food. So, the mariners filled their holds with hundreds of tortoises at a time. Little by little, the tortoises on islands throughout the Indian Ocean decreased. They are left only on the island of Aldabra because it is located in a remote location and protected from human interference. Due to this hostile environment, the population of tortoises has rebounded to roughly 100,000.
Interesting Fact - As on record, 255 years was the age of Adwaita, an Aldabra Tortoise who lived at Kolkata Zoo in India and died on March 22, 2006. There are still no records as of what is the maximum age of this species, and exactly how long can they live, As they usually outlive their human observatory's.
Only 10 of the total 15 known species of the giant tortoise are left, and researchers and conservators from around the world are doing their best to maintain the balance. Still, invasion in the habitats of these reptiles is raising a threat to them. Naturally, they don't have any predators. Still, exploitation of their land, hunt for their meat, and increase in the population of goats, dogs, and cattle in their grassland are making their survival even more challenging.
Once, these reptiles were found all over the world, except for Australia and Antarctica, but now they are only found in remote locations. Luckily, now they are being protected as Aldabra Atoll has been declared a World Heritage Site. Therefore from being "Near to Extinct (EW)," they are currently on the list of "Vulnerable (VU)"! ( High Risk (left) to Low Risk (right) order ).
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