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