oa African Zoology - The giant tortoise population of Aldabra (Cryptodira: Testudinidae)

Volume 11, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



The preliminary results of a study of the endemic giant tortoise population of Aldabra Atoll in the Indian Ocean (Geochelone gigantea Schweigger) are briefly descriptionbed. Their number would appear to have increased dramatically since the turn of the century to their present level of some 141 000 individuals. Crude estimates of mortality and reproductive rates are also given.

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