Making new old friends is not something that you can do very often, but at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles, there are five giant tortoises that can become a new best friend to any guest who comes bearing some delicious treats.
Roaming slowly and freely around their beachside pen, the five Giant Tortoises of Petite Anse beach range from a youthful 11 to a middle-aged 45 years old, but their relatives have been known to live up to 100 years or more. These five friends spend their days basking in the sun, cooling off in the mud and roaming around looking for fresh leaves or friendly humans with tasty tortoise treats such as mango peel or spinach. For these, they will gladly speed up their walk, heaving their giant shells (which can grow to up to 122 centimetres long), to reach a friendly hand, when they will often even offer up their long necks for a gentle scratch in the process.
These curious and friendly creatures resemble something from prehistoric times, with giant shells, thickly scaled skin and long extending necks which can combine to weigh in at around 250 kilograms in some cases. The females are slightly smaller than the males, with their average size and weight being around 91 centimetres and 159 kilograms, respectively.
Of the five giant tortoises found at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles, there is only one male, Socrates, who enjoys the female company that surrounds him. He is easily spotted as the largest and most dominant of the group. However, he can also be the laziest and occupies his own comfortable place in the sun for most of the day.
The giant tortoises of Petite Anse are friendly and are always open to meeting new people, especially ones with tasty snacks. The Kids’ Club has a daily tortoise feeding at 4:00 pm, but grown ups are more than welcome to join!