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    12033: Western swamp tortoise recovery

    Captive bread western swamp tortoise were available for community viewing at an event to celebrate 50 years of monitoring the species in the wild.
    Captive bread western swamp tortoise were available for community viewing at an event to celebrate 50 years of monitoring the species in the wild.

    Western Swamp Tortoise are of exceptional significance for Western Australia, Australia and also internationally. They are a critically endangered species and have been identified as a priority by the Minister for Environment's threatened species council. 

    The aim of this project is to decrease the chance of extinction of the tortoise by:

    • actively managing its habitat
    • creating and maintaining at least four wild naturally recruiting populations
    • increasing the number of mature individuals in the wild to more than 50

    These actions will also benefit many other threatened ecological communities and critically endangered rare flora that share habitat with the tortoise.

    Investment: $ 500 000
    Delivery organisation: Department of Environment and Conservation
    Project duration: September 2012 - June 2015
    Location: Twin Swamps Nature Reserve; Ellen Brook Nature Reserve; Mogumber Nature Reserve; Moore River Nature Reserve

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