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In Topic: Tortoise Protection Group Calendar 2018

15 November 2017 - 11:13 AM

And beautiful ones they are too Karen. Ive been to the Durrell foundation and while there are some good projects such as the ploughshare tortoise conservation, I’m not sure how many of these animals will ever be reintroduced to the wild and how many are being kept captive unnecessarily? I’m all for conservation efforts, but not if those animals are only to be kept in substandard captivity and never reintroduced to their natural habitat. On the whole, I get really upset after zoo visits, so don’t go any more. A zoo not too far from here is supposedly the best in the UK. If that’s the case, then things are not looking good. Large animals, used to roaming many miles, kept in small enclosures, showing the usual classic signs of stress, infant deaths, unwanted males culled and fed to other animals.

Ah thank you Sue for the information, I posted the link quite candidly. 

What is the best way to support and donate for good tortoise projects and reintroduction in the wild? What are the good projects to donate to?



In Topic: Photo Comparison: Size On 11/11/2016 Vs. Size On 11/11/ 2017

11 November 2017 - 08:28 PM

They are lovely! I have 2 babies also that are 3 years old. One has a short curled round stumpy tail the other a long tail so think I could have one male one female. They aren't doing well together so had to seperate them. Im hoping that after the bog one hibernates that they will go back together but haven't had any luck so far

Thank you and yes I read your thread and I really hope things settle between your two young torts.

Mine grew up together since they hatched. This is Sue (Wizzasmum) who reared them. I got them in August 2016.

So far there has not been any competition for food, basking spots and or living space, so they have been living peacefully. Their indoor and outdoor spaces are quite big and I hide pieces of leaves in different spots in the enclosure, so that they search for it, so both have the equal chance to find the food without having the other one close around.

I hope they will continue to live peacefully, finger crossed!

In Topic: Natural Edible Chalk

07 November 2017 - 03:11 PM

Hi Sue

This Ebay link below from Sonya's lump chalk should work. I bought a kilo from her this morning.


I think the other Ebay link that you tried expired, I mean the sale date expired, that's why.



In Topic: Natural Edible Chalk

06 November 2017 - 06:10 PM

Sonya emailed me back and she said her lump chalk is sourced from a Norfolk quarry within the UK.


I also googled "chalk quarry in the UK", and I found the following:

Needham Chalks in Norfolk

Somborne Chalk Quarry in Hampshire

Fairy Cave Quarry in Sommerset


So YES great we have indigenous chalk in the UK!!!  :thumbup:

In Topic: Natural Edible Chalk

06 November 2017 - 05:35 PM

It seems that a lot of the chalk in the market comes from Ukraine....and given the precedents with Chernobyl and nontransparent facts on pollution these days in that area etc, I certainly don't want to give my precious babies some chalk from Ukraine.

I'll make sure the chalk I choose to buy is sourced far away from there. Better to be safe than sorry. May be i am too paranoid but i am always picky on the source of what i buy,especially when it goes through the mouth everyday.