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  • International Tortoise Association
  • International Tortoise Association
  • International Tortoise Association
  • International Tortoise Association
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Quite a few of the telephone calls we receive are from people who seem to think that we are desperately looking for new homes for tortoise, and seem upset when they are told that they are not available to them.
Tortoise are not easy animals to look after, no longer are they thrown in the garden to fend for themselves, as members can testify, they need the correct conditions, diet and constant monitoring amongst other things. It would be irresponsible for us to donate a tortoise to anyone who has not had proven experience in tortoise conservation.So unlike other organisations we do not donate tortoise to the uninitiated, just because they want one or had one as a child or it sounds like a good idea to have one. It must be understood that these animals are becoming increasingly more rare in the wild and as a licensed animal we have a responsibility under the CITES regulations to propagate the species by captive breeding. Most of the re-homings we receive are usually very old or sick through years of mal husbandry, through no fault of their own as they were not au fait with the requirements of these animals at the time of acquisitions.Things have now changed over the last few years a better understanding has emerged, so these animals are given a quiet quality of life for their last days.