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Endangered Elongated Tortoises Rescued

Last week two endangered elongated tortoises (Indotestudo elongata) were brought into the TIUN Wildlife Rescue by a concerned local who had ‘found’ them close to his home in area populated by many people, he feared that someone would catch them and eat them. All two little tortoises seem in good health. For now these little guys are safe and are currently settling into life at Nam Cat Tien National Park meeting other rescued and displaced elongated tortoises in a large open field enclosure. In the future we hope to release these guys back to the wild in a protected area far away from the pressures of man.

The elongated Tortoise is listed as Endangered by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, it is under extreme pressure across most of its range, largely due to it being widely harvested and sold on the Asian food markets. Disregard for international conservation laws are apparent, with the trade in tortoises brisk, highly developed, and probably ignored by many border guards, custo…