The Western Swamp Tortoise (Pseudemydura umbrina) is Australia’s most endangered reptile. These tortoises were feared extinct for more than 100 years, but were rediscovered in 1953. They are Australia’s smallest tortoise (10-15cm) and inhabit ephemeral swamps. The tortoise population is threatened by the decline of its natural habitat, changing climate, introduced animals and bush fire. With concern for the plight of this species, Perth Zoo sought partnership to establish a security population and to increase the breeding program. Adelaide Zoo received its first Western Swamp Tortoises in 2003 and had its first successful hatchlings in 2012. Zoos SA is involved with the Western Swamp Tortoise Recovery Team.

Our partners include Western Australian Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM), Australian National Parks and Wildlife, WWF-Australia, Perth Zoo and the University of Western Australia (UWA).

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Zoos SA is a not-for-profit conservation charity that exists to connect people with nature and save species from extinction. Zoos SA acknowledges the Country on which we stand always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land and we pay our deepest respect and gratitude to Kaurna (Adelaide Zoo) and Ngarrindjeri (Monarto Safari Park) Elders, past, present and emerging. We undertake critical conservation work throughout Australia and acknowledge the traditional custodians of these lands.

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