Arnold's tortoises at Grande Barbe, Silhouette island
In 2006 adult Arnold's tortoises (Dipsochelys arnoldi) were released at Grande Barbe on Silhouette island. The report of the release can be dowloaded. These tortoises were visited regularly and the helath and impacts on the habitat are monitored until NPTS was evicted from Silhouette island.
A survey in 2010 found that these tortoises are having a significant effect on the vegetation, restoring the areas where they feed into natural palm woodland.Woodland areas in 2006 dominated by coconuts (left) and in 2010 with regowth of endemic palms in the foreground (right)
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