Slow and Steady.
Native to the Aldabra Atoll, an island north of Madagascar, Aldabra giant tortoises are the last giant tortoise species in the eastern hemisphere. Not only are they large in size, the Aldabra tortoises have enormous personalities to match. ZooTampa is home to 3 adult Aldabra tortoises – a male named Al and two females named Dabby and Sligh.
Each of the Aldabra tortoises has a unique personality and they are not afraid to show it off! Al is the most eager of the group and will stretch out his neck to receive scratches! He enjoys socializing with staff and guests alike. Dabby doesn’t mind scratches but would really rather be with a fresh cut branch from a mulberry tree. Sligh loves bulldozing across the yard as a determined, yet aimless, wanderer.
Each day, the Zoo invites guests to interact with these tortoises and to take a “shell-fie” during a special Aldabra tortoise encounter.