Release confiscated, Critically Endangered radiated tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) back into their natural environment in southwestern Madagascar. Monitor the tortoises post release with the active involvement of the local community. Build awareness and support for tortoises among local people, and train them to conduct follow-up monitoring and long-term turtle custodianship.
Strategic Direction:1 Empower local communities to protect and manage biodiversity in priority key biodiversity areas.
Through two record seizures in 2018, Malagasy authorities rescued thousands of live radiated tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) that were likely headed for the illegal wildlife trade—including nearly 10,000 found crammed into a house in Toliara.