Greek Tortoise (Testudo greaca) and Hermann Tortoise (Testudo hermanni)

Greek Tortoise (Testudo greaca) and Hermann Tortoise (Testudo hermanni)

The Greek tortoise is one of four European members of the Testudinidae family of tortoises. In the area is also present the Hermann tortoise (Testudo hermanni). The two species share the same habitat – bushy and open forests, mixed with open patches of relatively dry areas. Its reproduction is slow, that is why it is important to protect the adults, which are frequently collected for food or pets or are just killed on the road by motorized vehicles.
The Kresna Gorge is the most important place in Bulgaria for the two species of tortoises. However the great presence,  here too the illegal collection and the habitat destruction are among the main  problems for their conservation. The tortoises are threatened on their own, but they are also an important food source for some birds of prey,  among which the targeted in the current project – Golden Eagle, Egyptian Vulture, Black Vulture and others.