Gentle Giants of the Indian Ocean

The Aldabra giant tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantea) is the World’s largest tortoise, together with the Galapagos tortoise.

This Aldabra giant tortoise is the most baby-faced old folk I’ve ever seen. My fisheye lens even helped me magnify the cuteness which seems like a good way to let more people appreciate these long-lived, peaceful animals. Despite the very long, tough journey before reaching their natural habitat, they’re among the easiest animal for me to photograph.

We indeed ought to keep them away from unnatural harm because our ancestors massacred and eliminated at least 35 species and subspecies of their ancestors (giant tortoises) within a very short period of only 250 years. Now, this is the only one species left in islands of the Indian Ocean.