Aldabra Atoll (1982)
Seychelles

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The atoll is comprised of four large coral islands which enclose a shallow lagoon; the group of islands is itself surrounded by a coral reef. Due to difficulties of access and the atoll's isolation, Aldabra has been protected from human influence and thus retains some 152,000 giant tortoises, the world's largest population of this reptile. 

Seychelles 1938. King George VI, and Giant Tortoise.

Seychelles 2004. Giant Tortoise (overprinted).

Seychelles 1971. Souvenir sheet. Map of the Seychelles and their location off the African east coast, northwest of Madagascar.

  • Seychelles 1938. King George VI, and Giant Tortoise. 
  • Seychelles 2004. Giant Tortoise (overprinted). 
  • Seychelles 1971. Souvenir sheet. Map of the Seychelles and their location off the African east coast, northwest of Madagascar. 
Zil Elwagne Sesel (Seychelles) 1982. Aldabra Atoll designated World Heritage.  40c Birds flying over Island. Zil Elwagne Sesel (Seychelles) 1982. Aldabra Atoll designated World Heritage.  2.75 R. Map of Aldabra Atoll. Zil Elwagne Sesel (Seychelles) 1982. Aldabra Atoll designated World Heritage.  7R. Giant Tortoises.

Zil Elwannyen Sesel comprises the islands of Aldabra, Farquhar, and Des Roches, which were formerly part of the British Indian Ocean Territory [BIOT]. The islands have issued their own postage stamps since 1980, inscribed as indicated below with different spellings. 

  1. 1980-1982 stamps were inscribed Zil Eloigne Sesel, 
  2. 1982-1984 stamps were inscribed Zil Elwagne Sesel, 
  3. and 1985 - date Zil Elwannyen Sesel. 

The islands were attached to the British colony of Mauritius from 1810 to 1903, when they became a separate colony. Seychelles achieved internal self-government in October 1975, and independence on June 29. 1976. 

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Other World Heritage Sites in the Seychelles (on this site). Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Seychelles Section, for further information on the individual properties. 

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