Assisting Aestivation

Around this time of year, as the swamps are filling up, Western Swamp Tortoises are leaving their summer hideout and returning to the water to feed. Over the summer the tortoises remained inactive by aestivating, but what does this mean? Throughout winter and spring the tortoises need to fatten up…
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Recovery Team Report for FOWST

Some interesting and some sad developments from the Recovery Team meeting. A possible new site to be investigated for tortoise habitat in the longer term – Benger Swamp. One male tortoise in the new captive breeding colony at Adelaide Zoo has died. Investigations as to why. Possibility of some scholarships…
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Book Reviews

The Friends Group has recently purchased three of Guundie Kuchling’s books about the Western Swamp Tortoise. Yakkinn the Swamp Tortoise: The most dangerous year follows the life of Yakkinn from hatchling to 12 months old. Delightful illustrations and evocative text helps children understand the problems facing Western Swamp Tortoises in…
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Not megafauna, but charismatic... and needing friends

With only around 300 alive, the Western Swamp Tortoise remains Australia’s most endangered reptile. But recent achievements by the Recovery Team offer some hope for their future… They’re not warm, furry or cuddly in any conventional sense. They have appealing eyes, but not of the baby type. A sharp beady…
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