On Monday a pair of Aldabra Giant Tortoises brought to India as a gift from the President of Seychelles, was handed over to the Nehru Zoological Park.
Danny Faure president of Seychelles brought the famous Albadra tortoises with him during his 5-day visit to India over the weekend. Both the tortoises were brought to the city of Raymond A Brioche, a chief executive officer of Botanical Garden, Seychelles, after the Central Zoo Authority in New Delhi gave permission to house the tortoises at the Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad.
Dr. M A Hakeem, assistant director (Veterinary), Nehru Zoo said,”A pair of Aldabra Giant Tortoises (male & female), which is endemic to Seychelles, was received from Raymond A Brioche by the officials of the Nehru Zoological Park. The tortoises are both aged about 20 years.”
Zoo parks director Sidhanand Kukretty, Nehru Zoological Park curator Shivani Dogra & other officials thanked Brioche for gifting the tortoises.
The Aldabra Giant Tortoise from the Aldabra Atoll in Seychelles is said to be one of the largest species of tortoises on the planet. It is also one of the world’s longest living animals, with one Aldabra Giant Tortoise reaching the age of 255 years.