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Faruk Yalçın Hayvanat Bahçesi ve Botanik Parkı

The oldest member of FYZoo family, “Tuki” turned 99 today! Giant Aldabra Tortoise, who was born in 1920, enjoyed the birthday cake prepared with his favorite foods at the celebration party organized for him.  

Tuki, who is known with its prophetic match score estimations, made an estimation also for Fenerbahce – Galatasaray soccer match to be played tomorrow, just before the birthday celebration party to which FYZoo staff, visitors and press participated in.

Giant Aldabra Tortoises, one of the biggest turtle species in the world, are in Vulnerable category in IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Redlist. Giant Aldabra Tortoise, who can live up to 255 years and is one of the longest-lived creatures of the world, also continues to struggle to exist as the last giant tortoise species that can survive in the Indian Ocean.

Upon human settlement on Seychelles Islands in 1700s where is the habitat of Giant Aldabra Tortoises, they were victimized by hunting and their eggs were used as nutrient by humans. Grassland animals such as goats brought to the island by humans have increased the competition in terms of nutrients and have been effective in population decline of the species.

Giant tortoise generations, which have been faced with the shrinking of habitats, that’s the loss of habitat as a result of the increase in the human settlements on the islands, have come to the point of extinction in about 100 years. After the extinction of all giant tortoise species except for the Giant Aldabra Tortoise, the Aldabra Island was declared as “World Heritage Site” and the last giant tortoise species available on the island was taken under conservation. Today, the island hosts about 150.000 Giant Aldabra Tortoises.

As FYZoo, we will keep organizing birthday celebrations and match score estimation events in order to raise awareness telling the factors that endanger the generation of Giant Aldabra Tortoises and to inform our visitors about the bio-diversity on the nature in general.

Long live Biodiversity, Happy Birthday Tuki!