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Save the Negev Desert Tortoise!

by The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens, the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem
Save the Negev Desert Tortoise!
Save the Negev Desert Tortoise!
Save the Negev Desert Tortoise!
Save the Negev Desert Tortoise!
Save the Negev Desert Tortoise!
Save the Negev Desert Tortoise!

Dear Tortoise Supporters, 

I just came back from a visit to the Small Animal Enclosure at the Zoo, where I went to visit the latest "baby" born last week.

Still un-named, the tiny baby tortoise (pictured during its hatching) is being kept behind-the-scenes in a small terranium until it is big enough to join its cousins and uncles and aunties in the main exhibition. 

This cutie is the third tortoise hatched this season and according to Tal, the small animals keeper, there is lots of dating and mating going on and they hope to have another round of hatchings in the coming months.

Slowly but surely, we are making a difference to the numbers of this critically endangered species!

Have a safe summer!

Rachael and the Tortoise Team

Cute desert tortoises enjoying a meal
Cute desert tortoises enjoying a meal

Dear Desert Tortoise Supporters,

Since we last reported to you, of the 6 eggs which were produced by our breeding group and placed in incubation,  3 were fertile and so far 2 have hatched!  A small victory for the conservation of this critically endangered species. The offspring will join their family within their exhibit and we hope in time to produce more.

Captive breeding for desert tortoises requires greater care than in other tortoise species, as the species is more delicate and the clutch is very small. Fortunately, we have a very experienced zoological team who are doing their best for these, the smallest species of tortoise in the northern hemisphere.

Yours, in hope -

Team Tortoise at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

A tiny and critically endangered species
A tiny and critically endangered species

Dear Desert Tortoise Supporters,

Since we last reported to you, we are pleased to report that our desert tortoise breeding group has produced no less than 6 eggs which are currently in our incubators! A small victory for the conservation of this critically endangered species. Of those six eggs, two have thus far been confirmed to be fertile, we are awaiting news on the remainder.

Captive breeding for desert tortoises requires greater care than in other tortoise species, as the species is more delicate and the clutch is very small. Fortunately, we have a very experienced zoological team who are doing their best for these, the smallest species of tortoise in the northern hemisphere.

Yours, in hope -

Team Tortoise at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

Tortoise hatching from egg
Tortoise hatching from egg

Dear Desert Tortoise Supporters,

Since we last reported to you, our one viable desert tortoise egg hatched successfully! A small victory for the conservation of this critically endangered species.

We have not had any further eggs laid in the breeding center but we continue to hope for the best.

Captive breeding for desert tortoises requires greater care than in other tortoise species, as the species is more delicate and the clutch is very small. Fortunately, we have a very experienced zoological team who are doing their best for these, the smallest species of tortoise in the northern hemisphere.

Yours, in hope -

Team Tortoise at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

A fully grown, yet tiny, desert tortoise
A fully grown, yet tiny, desert tortoise
Smallest tortoise species in northern hemisphere
Smallest tortoise species in northern hemisphere

Dear Desert Tortoise Supporters,

In our last report, we told you that we were waiting for the three Desert Tortoise eggs in our incubators to hatch. Since then, we have discovered that two of the three eggs were not fertile. We are unsure whether the third will hatch successfully.

Conservation programs can be exceedingly challenging and frustrating. In many cases it is one step forward and two steps back. However, we will not give up and continue to hope for more breeding success for this critically endangered species.

Captive breeding for desert tortoises requires greater care than in other tortoise species, as the species is more delicate and the clutch is very small. Fortunately, we have a very experienced zoological team who are doing their best for these, the smallest species of tortoise in the northern hemisphere.

Yours, in hope -

Team Tortoise at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

 

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The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens, the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem

Location: Jerusalem, Israel - Israel
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Nicole Wexler
Jerusalem, Israel
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