Better than Zoo – Turtle Reproduction Center
While doing a research for my book about Edutainment I am trying to visit interesting places where you can spend your recreational time and also learn something new.
Animal Sanctuaries are one of such places. They are way better than Zoo since most of them work on reproducing or protecting the population of particular species of animals, rescuing them, provide housing for old or injured animals which otherwise would be thrown away or killed. Educating public, as well as doing various scientific researches and environmental programs. So by visiting such places you help by supporting the good deeds and learn a lot about the environment and animals.
One of such places is CRT l’Albera in Catalonia, Spain. It’s a small Reproduction center which you can walk over in about an hour. The center specializes in breeding of Hermann’s Tortoise, which is the last natural population in this area. They breed them for 2 years when their shell become strong enough, and then release them in the Albera natural park.
(Huge wildlife territory). They grow about 300 to 500 turtles each year.
By walking around you can find out a lot about turtles, for example I had no clue that some of the species are carnivorous, and can eat fish, birds and other small animals. Also because of the trade, deforestation, and wild fires they are are now on the edge of the extinction. And fires is a huge problem for turtles, since they are not fast enough to escape it.
During the walk I’ve noticed that there are some exotic species, at first I tough it’s like a zoo feature, they probably got some interesting species just for a showcase, making visiting more interesting. But it turned out that they receive exotic turtles which were either abandoned, escaped or confiscated. And actually during our visit some people come with a boxes and brought new turtles in. Have a look at the pictures, it’s actually a turtle inside the Adidas shoe box 🙂
They found them in their backyard, it’s local Hermann’s Tortoises which are protected by law in Catalonia, and you can’t keep or buy them.
I’ve made a short video of our walk around to get the idea about the center.
If you are around Catalonia, that’s one of the spot you should visit.
Entrance fee is 6 euros, which is more like donation, since they rely a lot on donations, and it’s better to go in the morning when turtles are more active.
More info here.
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