Both Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park are home to Australia’s most endangered reptile, the Western Swamp Tortoise. They live in swamps during winter and hibernate in the summer! There are only around 700 Western Swamp Tortoises left in the wild. Zoos SA, in partnership with Perth Zoo, is part of a specialised breed for release program to ensure their long-term survival.
In September, five Adelaide Zoo-bred critically endangered Western Swap Tortoises will return to Western Australia to prepare to be released into the wild. Thankfully, this amazing reptile has secured a second chance of survival through an intensive breeding program, and Zoos SA is one of only two zoos in the world fortunate enough to be working to save this species from extinction.
Thanks to our breeding programs, we’re proud to say the future is looking bright for the Pygmy Blue Tongue Lizard, the Striped Legless Lizard, and the Western Swamp Tortoise.
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