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158-Year-Old: Meet Giant Tortoise On Zanzibar’s Prison Island


Earning its name as a former prison for slaves and a quarantine station for Zanzibar and the mainland, nowadays the island gives you the chance to escape for some peace and quiet.The island is also a home to giant land tortoises that were imported from Seychelles in the late 19th century. Nowit is more commonly known as a home of Zanzibar’s Giant Aldabran Tortoise colony.

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Some of which are over a hundred years old! This endangered species came to Zanzibar as a gift from the government of the Seychelles.Once on the island, you have the opportunity to feed and pet the tortoises.

They have a resting heart rate of six beats per minute,” he says enthusiastically, adding that it’s a factor related to the tortoise’s long lifespan.The oldest known tortoise of this species is in the Seychelles. They can live for 300 years.


The reptiles perform a similar role to elephants in grassland habitats, whereby their extensive foraging clears paths for other animals. The giant tortoises are known for having long necks, which allow them to stretch upwards and eat plants more than one metre above them.