World’s rarest tortoises get lifeline with new shelter at Singapore Zoo
The Ploughshare Tortoise, Radiated Tortoise and Burmese Star Tortoise will be given a helping hand to stave off extinction at the Singapore Zoo’s Tortoise Shell-ter.
SINGAPORE: Three critically endangered tortoise species just received a lifeline after the Singapore Zoo announced on Friday (May 20) that it had opened a shelter to help preserve them.
In a press release, the Wildlife Reserves Singapore said the Tortoise Shell-ter will feature the Ploughshare Tortoise, Radiated Tortoise and Burmese Star Tortoise, making it one of the Zoo’s exhibits with greater conservation and educational values.
Other threatened species featured include the Elongated Tortoise and the Yellow-footed Tortoise, it added.
A Southern River Terrapin hatchling emerging from its shell. More than 50 terrapins have been bred since 2007, says Wildlife Reserves Singapore. (Photo: WRS)
In addition to featuring threatened species, the Tortoise Shell-ter is also a sanctuary for some former victims of the illegal wildlife trade which have been confiscated and sent to Singapore Zoo, such as the Indian Star Tortoise.