We don’t just care for large animals! Africa’s smaller species are just as important to us.
These 4 Leopard Tortoises were confiscated in Maputo by Administração Nacional das Áreas de Conservação.
The Leopard Tortoise has seen recent declines in numbers across East Africa for many reasons. Loss of habitat to agriculture, fires and electric fences. But the most unsustainable are the demands from the pet trade and even more concerning is the collection of mainly adult for human consumption in the East. Just like other African Species such as Pangolins, this could have a sudden and severe impact on this species should it be ignored.
Dr. Hugo and Dr. Joao translocated this quartet to Karingani Game Reserve, where they could enjoy and new, safe home.