Wildlife HQ zoo keeper Talia Maxwell with four juvenile radiated tortoises.
Wildlife HQ zoo keeper Talia Maxwell with four juvenile radiated tortoises.

Trafficked tortoises find safe haven at Wildlife HQ

WILDLIFE HQ has welcomed four juvenile radiated tortoises, which were confiscated from illegal animal traders in Hong Kong.

Zookeeper Sue Tonga said the tortoises were native to Madagascar and were critically endangered due to being exploited in the illegal pet trade, habitat loss and being poached for food.

Wildlife HQ is due to reopen today to a maximum 20 people, by appointment only.

It is located at the Big Pineapple in Woombye.

The tortoises were among 24 seized by the Australian government five years ago, imported into Hong Kong as part of the illegal pet trade.

The remainder will be rehomed at zoos across Australia and are deemed unsuitable for release back into the wild.

“We are thrilled that they can now call Wildlife HQ home and be ambassadors for their species’ conservation,” Ms Tonga said.



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