ABC TV coverage of WST research

Check out ABC TV's 7.30 Report coverage of the research being done to help find new habitat for the Western Swamp Tortoise. (If the link below doesn't work, just copy and paste into your browser's window)
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New funding for Friends

The Friends group will receive $25 000 over the next three years to help it promote awareness and conservation of the WST. We congratulate the Department of Environment and Conservation, which has received state government funding of $500 000 over the next three years for Western Swamp Tortoise programs. It…
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Latest release at Twin Swamps

It was a sunny winter's day when 30 young captive bred tortoises were released at Twin Swamps Nature Reserve on July 28, 2012. Gerald Kuchling (chief research scientist) along with staff from the zoo and DEC, plus many Friends of the Western Swamp Tortoise gathered to wish the little animals,…
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Margaret River Choc launches ‘Swampy’

The Margaret River Chocolate Company has joined with Friends of the Western Swamp Tortoise to help save Australia’s most critically endangered reptile. The official launch of a special chocolate tortoise called ‘Swampy’ was held at on March 19, 2012 at their Swan Valley factory in West Swan Road. Part proceeds…
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Twin Swamps and Moore River releases

On July 22 2011, DEC and the Perth Zoo released 30 captive-bred young tortoises between 2 and 7 years of age at Moore River National Park, site of last year’s release. Around half had radio-tracking devices attached to the shell. This year's event was not open to members of the…
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Second release at Moore River

On Saturday July 31 2010, 15 captive-bred Western Swamp Tortoises were released at a site in Moore River National Park, north of Perth. In attendance was a group of 38 adults and 12 children, comprising members of the Friends group, staff from Perth Zoo, Department of Environment and Conservation, IGA…
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Year's events conclude

The AGM and Christmas party of the Friends of the Western Swamp Tortoise was held on Saturday, 5 December 2009, and I am pleased to announce the continued commitment of the Executive Committee, who were all unanimously re-elected. Congratulations to continuing Chairperson Jan Bant, Vice-Chair Tanya Marwood and Treasurer Bob…
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Where are they now?

As we move through spring and into summer the Western Swamp Tortoises are also on the move, out of the drying swamps and into aestivation tunnels. Aestivation is a type of hibernation that occurs over summer and the tortoises use natural or artificial aestivation tunnels. Aestivation protects the tortoises from…
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New ponds a hit with residents and carers

The Friends of the Western Swamp Tortoise inspected the new prototype breeding tanks at the Perth Zoo in December, and gave them the thumbs up! The tanks, designed by Zoo staff, are at waist height for easy maintenance and handling of the reptiles, and have a special filtration system to…
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Kids love learning about their WA tortoise!

We have had several requests for information sessions about the Western Swamp Tortoise and Jan has roamed far and wide to tell the tortoise’s story. Some home-schooled children, whose parents teach them during the week, get together for environmental lessons, and were very curious about the tortoise at a recent…
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