Tor­toises on the move

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

A GROUP of crit­i­cally en­dan­gered west­ern swamp tor­toises have been moved into the South-West from Perth Zoo to help en­sure the sur­vival of the species.

The Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife (DPAW) re­leased the 24 cap­tive-bred tor­toises from the zoo into con­ser­va­tion re­serves in Meerup, south of North­cliffe, and east of Au­gusta, as part of the coloni­sa­tion trial.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Al­bert Ja­cob said it was the first time a ver­te­brate an­i­mal species had been moved out­side of its his­toric range in search of suit­able al­ter­nate habi­tats.

“Re­searchers have iden­ti­fied suit­able sites for the as­sisted coloni­sa­tion trial and have con­sid­ered cur­rent and fu­ture cli­mate sce­nar­ios and the impact on tor­toises and egg de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

“The west­ern swamp tor­toises will be mon­i­tored in col­lab­o­ra­tion with stu­dents and staff from the Univer­sity of West­ern Aus­tralia dur­ing the next 12 months.”

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