Feeding trails on geometric tortoises

Feeding trails on geometric tortoises

Feeding trails on geometric tortoises - Southern Africa : The purpose of this feeding trail is to assist in the rehabilitation of a kick-start program to for

The purpose of this feeding trail is to assist in the rehabilitation of a kick-start program to for geometric tortoises on Elandsberg Nature Reserve after the fire in 2012 almost resulted in the complete crash of this population. Prof. Margaretha Hofmeyr started this kick-start program with the help of a grant from Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund to assist the rehabilitation process. At the moment a group of female tortoises are being scanned on monthly basis to determine whether they are carrying eggs, once this has been determined they go into a nesting camp where the egg are laid and the hatchlings are collected for the kick-start program. The tortoises in the program are given shelter, food and water for 7-10 year (until when they become sexually mature) after which they will be introduced back into the wild.
Very little is known about what this species feeds on in the wild and why it associates with Swartland Shale Renosterveld and this study looks at what the feeding preferences are of these species and adding to the list of species they feed on. This will help create a better understanding of the species and possibly help the rehabilitation process, as they are mostly feeding on cultivated species at the moment. I really need help with the identification of plant species as I am trying to determine what these tortoises actually eat in the wild.
03 Jul 2017
Sonja Erasmus