ZAA members have united to answer the call for assistance following the shocking discovery of over 10,000 critically endangered radiated tortoises that were poached and living in horrendous conditions in Madagascar.
The members came together to contribute almost $30,000 through the ZAA Wildlife Conservation Fund (WCF) as well as direct contributions. The money will go to the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) to assist in the rehabilitation of the tortoises.
Thank you to Auckland Zoo, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, the National Zoo and Aquarium, Taronga Zoo, Zoos South Australia, Zoos Victoria, Wellington Zoo, North Queensland Wildlife Trust and the Rockhampton Zoo Staff, all of whom contributed.
The sheer number of the tortoises rescued was overwhelming for the local rescue facility, more than doubling the number of tortoises already under their care.
The funding will allow TSA to gather husbandry and veterinary experts to triage the rescued tortoises, assess the capabilities of the current rehabilitation facilities and secure necessary food, security and ongoing support for these vulnerable animals.