The Tortoise project

The slow walk to freedom…

Murray Tessendorf of A Rocha South Africa joined the team from FreeMe Wildlife for The Tortoise Project’s very first tortoise release. The 5 Natal Hinged and 11 Eastern Hinged Tortoises released back into their natural habitat in Zululand, mark the projects first rehabilitated tortoises legally authorised to be returned to the wild.
The release of these animals is the culmination of a years work that prepared the animals to survive in their natural habitat. Ultimately the success of the project is not marked by the release, but by the tortoises ability to survive and thrive once returned to the wild. The radio transmitters attached to some of the animals will allow for regular monitoring and will help us to gauge the success of the project.
A Rocha South Africa is privileged to collaborate with FreeMe Wildlife on The Tortoise Project.
There are still many tortoise awaiting rehabilitation: help us set them free by contributing to this pioneering rehabilitation project!

Donate directly with the reference ‘Tortoise’
A Rocha South Africa
Nedbank Universal branch code: 198765
Account no: 1340528916
Swift code: NEDSZAJJ

the Tortoise project

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know?

Of the 54 species of tortoise found globally, South Africa has the largest diversity of tortoise species of any country in the world, being home to 14 terrestrial tortoise species. All South African land tortoise species are listed by CITES which prohibits the trade of the Geometric Tortoise (endangered as per IUCN red data book) and rigorously controls the trade of all other South African tortoise species.

   

 

 

 

 

 

The current protective legislation stipulates that no tortoise that is bred in captivity or has been held captive for a certain time period may be released back into the wild. This is to protect the wild indigenous populations from the risk of contracting diseases, parasites or any other unknown aliments.

The tortoise project 

The Plan

Construction

Part of this super exiting pioneering plan in partnership with @kznfreemewildlife, is to create a dedicated tortoise rehabilitation and reintroduction programme. The next step is to gather materials, start the construction of the first four (of the planned ten) “Stage 1 reintroduction enclosures” designed to meet functional and hygiene requirements. If you’d like to contribute; feel free to contact Murray or Melanie for more information and a list of materials needed.

 

Landscaping

We will need plants and materials to for the landscaping of the rehabilitation enclosures with suitable indigenous food plants to create as natural a habitat as is possible. The list of require species:

Cape Daisy, Star flower, Narrow-leaved Bulbine, Broad-leaved Bulbine, Albuca nelsonii, Natal Dune Vygies, Hens and Chickens (Cultivated form), Hens and Chickens (green), Pigs ear (Slender), Pigs ear (Red trimming), succulents, trailing mauve Daisy, Green Drimiopsis (Spotted-leaved), Wild Rosemary, Common gazania, Treasure plant, Barbeton Daisy, Forest pink Hibiscus, forest pink hibiscus, White Ribbon bush, Bright flowering Large Ledebouria, Giant Ledebouria, Wild dagga, River bells (Flowers), African Cape Daisy, September bush, Carrion flowers, Cape Honey sucker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maintenance

The continuous maintenance and / or supply of food plants within the rehabilitation enclosures will be needed

 

 

Can you help?

Contact Murray or Melanie [email protected] or 084 694 1093

Here is how you can play a part in this pioneering rehabilitation project.  

Donate directly with the reference Tortoise’  

A Rocha South Africa,  Nedbank Universal branch code: 198765, Account no: 1340528916, Swift code: NEDSZAJJ    

https://arocha.org.za/financial-contributions/

NPO Number: 038 -193 PBO Number: 930020406

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