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


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.



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.









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


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