Teeny tiny tortoises now on display at Woodland Park Zoo

Teeny tiny tortoises now on display at Woodland Park Zoo

Credit: Woodland Park Zoo

Teeny tiny tortoises now on display at Woodland Park Zoo

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on January 26, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 26 at 12:27 PM

SEATTLE - Two tiny Egyptian tortoises are now on display at the Woodland Park Zoo. Hatched at the end of December, the quarter-sized tortoises can now be seen in the Day Exhibit.

The species is now extinct in Egypt and faces global extinction unless more action is taken to protect the species.

The zoo says habitat destruction and human encroachment have devastated the Egyptian tortoise's native habitat, and the illegal international pet trade has nearly depleted wild populations. Only small populations of the species remain in Libya.

More than 40 Egyptian tortoises have hatched at the zoo since the first hatching in 2004. Since 2001, the zoo has supported the Egyptian Tortoise Conservation Program, which is dedicated to habitat and species conservation, research, education, capacity building and improving community livelihood.

The Zoo says habitat destruction and human encroachment have devastated the Egyptian tortoise's native habitat, and the illegal international pet trade has nearly depleted wild populations. Only small populations of the species remain in Libya.

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