Tortoises on offer in the Western Cape

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Tortoises on offer in the Western Cape

Postby Bushviper » Sat Oct 13, 2012 12:32 pm

I saw this on another website.

Tortoise adoption programme

The Stigmochelys pardalis (Leopard tortoises) found within Tygerberg Nature Reserve are extra limital species and many were dumped here over the years by members of the public who did not know where else to take them. None of the leopard tortoises found within Tygerberg nature Reserve are naturally occurring.

The management of the Tygerberg Nature Reserve no longer accepts any tortoise species with questionable origin.

Furthermore the leopard tortoises at Tygerberg Nature Reserve are breeding and their numbers have increased dramatically. This has a negative effect on the indigenous angulate and parrot beak tortoises.

Therefore we are attempting to encourage members of the public to adopt all leopard tortoises found within Tygerberg Nature Reserve to be kept as a domestic pet. People wishing to adopt will be provided with transport permit applications and instructed to buy a permit from Cape Nature before any animal will be released into their care. Then once a transport permit has been acquired, they will be given an application for a capture permit which they will need to apply for with Cape Nature.

We do not encourage breeding of the tortoises therefore no pairs will be adopted out; members of the public may only adopt the following:
One or two females; or
One male (males are territorial and will fight is two are in the same space)

If you would like to adopt a tortoise, please contact the reserve on 021 913 5695.

Penny Glanville
Area Manager, Tygerberg
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Re: Tortoises on offer in the Western Cape

Postby Fishy » Sat Oct 13, 2012 1:43 pm

Thanks for the share. will look into this.
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Re: Tortoises on offer in the Western Cape

Postby Burmbuddy » Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:20 am

Only saw this now. Will get in contact.
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Re: Tortoises on offer in the Western Cape

Postby JohanBrits » Mon May 20, 2013 11:56 am

Hi there,
I am from the Durbanville area - have a big yard and a great interest to adopt,
If anyone needs a home for a Leopard Tortoise - please let me know,
Kind regards,
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Re: Tortoises on offer in the Western Cape

Postby Chopper 1 » Fri May 24, 2013 12:03 pm

Until they escape and interbreed with the population in the area :smt010
The eggs when laid should be destroyed - they make great leguaan food!!
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Re: Tortoises on offer in the Western Cape

Postby LizardLover » Tue May 28, 2013 7:13 pm

Leguaan directly translated from the Afrikaans word likkewaan. The better English for it is monitor lizard.
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