The Aldabra giant tortoise’s conservation status is currently 'vulnerable'.

Many giant tortoise species around the world have become extinct due to:

  • hunting
  • habitat loss
  • introduced predatory species such as dogs, rats and pigs that eat tortoise eggs and babies

The Aldabra tortoise almost suffered the same fate, but its plight was recognised just in time, and its bleak Aldabra atoll home is now a World Heritage Site.  However, the wild tortoises' Aldabra atoll is now threatened by climate change and rising sea levels - the Aldabra atoll is only a few metres above sea level.

Giant tortoise reserves

Aldabra giant tortoises are also being bred in capativity in reserves on the islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues where they are thriving.

IUCN Conservation status

A taxon is Vulnerable when it is not Critically Endangered or Endangered but is facing a high risk of extinction in the wild in the medium-term future.

Find out more about the IUCN criteria for conservation status categories