Five Western Swamp Tortoises bred at Adelaide Zoo to be transferred to Perth Zoo next week for eventual release into the wild
THESE little tortoises are ready to provide a helping hand to their critically endangered species.
Bred at Adelaide Zoo over the past two years, five Western Swamp Tortoises will be transferred to Perth Zoo next week where they will be prepared for release into the wild.
The Western Swamp Tortoise is one of Australia’s rarest and most endangered reptiles – only found in three small reserves in Western Australia.
After habitat loss and predators resulted in the species’ severe decline, an intensive breeding program was established with the help of Zoos SA to build an insurance population to be released back in WA.
Adelaide Zoo spokeswoman Amy Chandler said today marks threatened species day, and the zoo has affirmed it will continue to breed a small insurance population.
She said a complimentary program with a new $40,000 dedicated breeding facility was also about to start at Monarto Zoo, where a male tortoise arrived from Perth Zoo last month.
Female tortoises from Adelaide Zoo will then join him in the hope they will breed later this year.