The Care Centre is a small home based hospital, advisory and emergency service catering to sick and injured tortoises and monkeys. It is also a sanctuary for animals who otherwise would have been destroyed. On this web page you will find advice on how to care for your tortoises and also links to other resources. I used to cover the rescue of monkeys and other animals as well but due to financial restrictions this is no longer possible. I have left the pages up on what we did for monkeys for interest sake only. Also pages on monkey care and why they do not make suitable pets. The Centre is totally non-profit and runs on donations from the public and my own funding, if you can help here please email me. The tortoises and terrapins come in sick, ridden over by lawn mowers and motor vehicles, and also attacked by dogs. Many tortoises fall ill as a result of incorrect feeding and housing. Cars, dogs, guns, firecrackers and snares injured the monkeys. Mostly this is due to humans feeding them and attracting them into built up areas. Some of the damage done is terrible, and the suffering these animals endure at the hands of man is horrific.
a lot of this could be avoided - by NOT picking these creatures up out
of the wild. If you see a tortoise in the road, stop and help him
across to the other side, then go on your way with pride. There are more
than enough captive bred specimens looking for homes if you really want
one. The problems in captivity are numerous. Many people tether them when
they show signs of wanting to escape, and it is not uncommon to find old
wire/rope still around the top of a leg where it has eaten into the skin.
Many who arrive are riddled with ticks and internal parasites, and in
a very poor nutritional state. The most common belief here is that you
can get a tortoise and then just throw out a few old cabbage and lettuce
leaves occasionally for food.
Geometric tortoise - one of the rarest tortoises in the world.
Care Centre is a non-profit organization, relying on the generosity of the
public for funding. Due to the exchange rate, the Centre benefits enormously
from funds coming from other countries, so your small donation could be
a BIG one to the Centre and VERY much appreciated. I am not supported by
any sponsors for funding, so rely purely on the kindness of people visiting
this web page and perhaps benefiting from advice given here - if you can
help you will be helping animals in distress who otherwise may suffer terribly.
If you can help, email me and may God bless and keep you. |
you are buying a tortoise, a friend recently gave me this catch phrase
which is VERY apt: