Giant Tortoise In Mauritius
The Giant Tortoise in Mauritius is in fact the Aldabra Giant Tortoise, from the Seychelles. Unfortunately the native tortoises went the way of the dodo. With man’s arrival on the Island, the tortoises were harvested as a food source and their young were killed by newly introduced animals such as pigs, cats, dogs and rats.
Aldabra tortoises are found both individually and in herds, they tend to gather mostly on open grasslands. They are at their most active in the mornings when they spend time searching for food. They dig underground burrows or rest in swamps to keep cool during the heat of the day. They are the largest tortoises in the world and can live for more than 100 years and can weigh 150Kg (females) to 250Kg (males). Their shell is a brown or tan color with a high, domed shape. It has stocky, heavily scaled legs to support its heavy body. The neck of the Aldabra giant tortoise is very long, even for its great size, which helps the animal to exploit tree branches up to a metre from the ground as a food source. The main population of the Aldabra giant tortoise is on the Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles. This atoll is protected and is home to some 100,000 giant tortoises.
To go and see the Giant Tortoise Mauritius is a popular attraction and there are many parks around the island where these large reptiles can be seen. Visitors can spot them at:
Crocodile & Giant Tortoise Park and Nature Reserve (La Vanille Nature Park)
Caesla World of Adventures (Nature and Adventure Park)
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden, Pampleousse
Giant Tortoise Park, Martim
François Leguat Giant Tortoise and Cave Reserve, Rodrigues Island
Île aux Aigrettes, an island roughly 800 metres off the coast. Visits here are only possible as part of a guided tour.
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