Rainforest Trust worked to support the conservation of 810 acres of habitat for the Critically Endangered Geometric Tortoise, South Africa’s rarest tortoise. A recent survey discovered a large number of these and other tortoises in the area.
About 800 mature Critically Endangered Geometric Tortoises (Psammobates geometricus) are thought to remain in the wild. Recently, a survey around the site Rainforest Trust supports along with the Turtle Conservancy and South African Tortoise Conservation Trust found 72 mature tortoises in four hours.
Doing the math, that’s about 9 percent of the entire population.
Seen in four hours.
Other than the Geometric Tortoises, the team spotted a Parrot-beaked Padloper (Homopus areolatus) and two Angulate Tortoises (Chersina angulata). In addition, a Common Genet (Genetta genetta) showed up on a nighttime camera trap photo.