These tiny tortoises are the very special offspring.
The adults living out the back of this building. They are part of an important captive breeding program for this critically endangered species, and are the first ever Radiated Tortoises to be captive bred in Queensland.
It is estimated that in the past 12 years the Radiated Tortoise population in Madagascar has dropped by more than half due to animal trafficking, habitat loss and bush meat harvesting.
There is a very strong fear that these tortoises will go extinct in the wild in the near future, so it is important that insurance populations are held in the capable hands of private institutions, and babies like these represent hope for the future of this species.
Hatchling 1 - Hatched 21 Oct 2020
Hatchling 2 - Hatched 14 Jan 2021