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Giant Tortoises Debut At Bronx Zoo

(credit: Julie Larsen Maher © Wildlife Conservation Society)

(credit: Julie Larsen Maher © Wildlife Conservation Society)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – “Aldabra” cadabra!

Two Geochelone gigantean – better known as giant Aldabra tortoises – made their debut Thursday at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo.

The two males weigh in at 400 and 600 pounds.

They can live up to 200 years or more.

(credit: Julie Larsen Maher © Wildlife Conservation Society)

(credit: Julie Larsen Maher © Wildlife Conservation Society)

Aldabra tortoises come from the Republic of Seychelles. They’re listed as a vulnerable species. Experts believe there are some 100,000 of them left in the wild.

The only other remaining giant tortoise species is the Galapagos tortoise.

To go see the Aldabra tortoises yourself, or to find out more about them, click here.

(credit: Julie Larsen Maher © Wildlife Conservation Society)

(credit: Julie Larsen Maher © Wildlife Conservation Society)

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