1. Welcome! Are you interested in tortoises? If so, we invite you to join our community! Our community is the #1 place for tortoise keepers to talk online. Once you join you'll be able to post messages, upload pictures of your tortoise and enclosure, and discuss any tortoise topic with other tortoise keepers. Get started today!

Nat. Geo Article about Aldabra islands and tortoises.

Discussion in 'Tortoise and Turtle Articles' started by Holycow, Nov 26, 2014.

  1. Holycow

    Holycow Active Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2012
    Messages:
    162
    Likes Received:
    35
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    Homestead ,FL
    TammyJ, K_Andy, omarnegron and 6 others like this.
  2. ALDABRAMAN

    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2010
    Messages:
    25,760
    Likes Received:
    12,994
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    SW Forida
    (These ads do not appear for registered members.)
    ~ Nice find, thank you for posting!
  3. wellington

    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2011
    Messages:
    35,153
    Likes Received:
    11,337
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Chicago, Illinois, USA
    Wow, the ones in the states sure live the high life compared to its wild family. Thanks for sharing.
    ALDABRAMAN likes this.
  4. Holycow

    Holycow Active Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2012
    Messages:
    162
    Likes Received:
    35
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Location:
    Homestead ,FL
    My thoughts exactly. This is a barren and unforgiving place. It really does make sense that the weights and growth rates for captive individuals greatly outpace their wild counterparts.
    It is pure conjecture on my part, but perhaps the famous longevity of this species is due in part to its evolved natural toughness on virtually every physical level - a necessity simply to be able to survive in a place like this (!).
  5. orv

    orv Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2014
    Messages:
    249
    Likes Received:
    344
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Aguanga, CA
    This National Geographic article engenders my continued respect for these ancient ones. We are their stewards, not their owners. There is so very much we have yet to learn for their proper care; they are so forgiving and long-lived. I am smitten . . . my wife and I just love to watch and learn. As always, Orvil
  6. Jemo

    Jemo Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Messages:
    54
    Likes Received:
    81
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Germany
    We actually arrange a 2 week Expedition to Aldabra Island on February 2015.
    It is still not easy. Really not easy!!
    we hope to be sucessfull.

    If so, we will post some more Pictures of Aldabras in natural environment!

    Jemo
  7. bouaboua

    bouaboua Well-Known Member TFO Supporter Platinum Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2013
    Messages:
    11,483
    Likes Received:
    7,103
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    San Jose CA
    Great read. Wow! Very nice article. Thank you for sharing.
    ALDABRAMAN likes this.
  8. ALDABRAMAN

    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2010
    Messages:
    25,760
    Likes Received:
    12,994
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    SW Forida
    ~ That would be fantastic!
  9. Mantissa3

    Mantissa3 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2013
    Messages:
    233
    Likes Received:
    350
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Reading this article and seeing the pictures of the wild herd, I'm struck by how Aldabraman's animals look EXACTLY like the wild ones. That is an amazing feat by a US keeper and breeder - to replicate their natural conditions so closely that they acheive perfectly smooth shells and the same breeding behaviours. Absolutely stunning work, Aldabraman!
    BetZBear1 and ALDABRAMAN like this.
  10. Alaskamike

    Alaskamike Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2014
    Messages:
    1,730
    Likes Received:
    2,793
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    South Florida
    I agree that @ALDABRAMAN has beautiful and healthy Giants. But he certainly does not raise them like their wild counterparts- they have better food / hydration - even temperature regulation than they would have on the atoll.

    For me , I don't try to duplicate a wild environment, rather take the best we can learn from it and improve on it. That's why our survival rate for hatchlings is almost 100%, compared to 5-10% in nature - some really tough years almost zero.

    To raise the populations of endangered species like the Aldabras and Gallops the babies are raised to 3-5 years old then released. This has greatly improved the survival rates.

    I do love the Giants of the tortoise world. Like living dinosaurs !
    ALDABRAMAN likes this.
  11. ALDABRAMAN

    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2010
    Messages:
    25,760
    Likes Received:
    12,994
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    SW Forida
    ~ Thank you!
  12. BetZBear1

    BetZBear1 New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2015
    Messages:
    22
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Location:
    Slidell, Louisiana
    Very cool article! I remember seeing the Galapagos Tortoises in a magazine when I was about 6 yrs old and falling in love with tortoises and turtles at that moment!
  13. popeye tortoise

    popeye tortoise Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2015
    Messages:
    390
    Likes Received:
    273
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    I am a newbie when it comes to the Aldabra. I have my 1st one about 8 months old. All of my tortoise experience is with Sulcatas. This is why this forum is a important find for me. I want to make sure to do all the right things.
  14. Tidgy's Dad

    Tidgy's Dad Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2015
    Messages:
    44,763
    Likes Received:
    113,082
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Fes, Morocco
    Very interesting.
    An absolute prime example of Survival of the Fittest.
  15. Gillian Moore

    Gillian Moore Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2014
    Messages:
    13,952
    Likes Received:
    18,280
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Thanks for posting! A great thread!
  16. Will

    Will Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2012
    Messages:
    3,799
    Likes Received:
    2,553
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    South of Southern California, but not Mexico
  17. KBeam

    KBeam New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2018
    Messages:
    12
    Likes Received:
    8
    Trophy Points:
    3
    Location:
    Central Illinois
  18. TammyJ

    TammyJ Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2016
    Messages:
    1,435
    Likes Received:
    869
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Jamaica
    Get some cool pics of the Somali Pirates too!!! Just kidding.:D
  19. TammyJ

    TammyJ Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2016
    Messages:
    1,435
    Likes Received:
    869
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Jamaica
  20. Will

    Will Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2012
    Messages:
    3,799
    Likes Received:
    2,553
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    South of Southern California, but not Mexico
    You may have noticed that Aldabra tortoises have very pointy noses. There could be a tablespoon of water from fog or condensation in a curled leaf or small depression in a rock, they can poke their pointy nose there and suck it up through their nostrils.
    TammyJ likes this.
Similar Threads: Article Aldabra
Forum Title Date
Tortoise and Turtle Articles BASKING ARTICLE Jan 23, 2018
Tortoise and Turtle Articles Interesting Article: Scientists figure out why female turtles are born at higher temperatures Aug 2, 2016
Tortoise and Turtle Articles An Excellent Article on Bladder Stones Jul 13, 2015

Share This Page