It is commonly known that the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean are home to a diverse range of marine animals. From gigantic sea fans and whip corals to Eagle Rays and Moray Eels. All of these species coexist in the Seychelles' tropical waters, forming an intricate undersea environment.

However, the Seychelles is also home to a number of amazing land-dwelling creatures, such as the curious Aldabra Giant Tortoises.

The Aldabra Giant Tortoise, one of the world's largest tortoise species, is found only on the Aldabra atoll in the Seychelles. Giant tortoises were once found on several Indian Ocean islands, but they became extinct due to exploitation by sailors from passing ships.

Only a few Giant Aldabra Tortoises remained on the island in 1997, including the well-known huge males Brutus and Patrick. Currently, between 80 and 100 tortoises walk freely on North Island, the majority of which were donated from neighbouring islands are as elderly as 150 years old.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has formally designated the giant tortoises found in the Seychelles as vulnerable and they have been protected by Seychelles law since 1974 under the Wild Animals and Birds Protection Act.

The Aldabra Tortoise is a member of an ancient species of reptiles that first appeared on the planet some 250 million years ago. They grow to be 1.2m long and weigh 200kgs or more when fully mature. These interesting creatures are also the world's longest-living land animals, with the ability to live for more than 200 years. Bird Island in the Seychelles is home to one of the world's oldest-living tortoises. Esmeralda is estimated to be 175 years old and was included in the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest living tortoise, which was 360kgs at the time of the latest weighing.

The Aldabra Tortoise can only be found in the wild on the lovely Seychelles islands. Curieuse Marine National Park on the island of Curieuse is a tortoise sanctuary with around 200 of the gentle giants living out their lives in a safe haven. You may see tortoises running freely here, as well as visit the nursery, where newborn tortoises are placed for care until they are ready to be released into the wild.

Embark on our Kreol Tour Boat for a 15-minute sail to Curieuse Island, then disembark at Baie Laraie Beach to meet hundreds of huge Aldabra tortoises. These massive land tortoises roam free and wild on the island, allowing you to see them in their natural habitat. Our knowledgeable guides go out of their way to provide you with useful information about these lovely creatures.  

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