Meet My Oldest New Friend the Giant Tortoise

200+ years old! Possibly the oldest animal I’ve ever met. (no idea/proof about the sea turtles I met) Had to check history books to imagine how the world was like when this old folk was a 3-inch small hatchling.

This Aldabra giant tortoise is the most baby-faced old folk I’ve ever encountered. My fisheye lens even helped me to 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.