The Sierra de Montsant Natural Park releases about sixty Mediterranean tortoises
The Sierra de Montsant Natural Park released some sixty Mediterranean tortoises (Testudo hermanni) this Tuesday, within the framework of the reintroduction project for this species that it has been carrying out since 2005. The reintroduced tortoises come from the Tortoise Reproduction Center of the Albera and the Center for the Recovery of Amphibians and Reptiles of Catalonia (CRARC).
Most of the specimens released on this occasion are adults.
This species is in danger of extinction in the Iberian Peninsula, mainly as a result of the loss of habitats, and in the entire State it is only found in Catalonia, the Valencian Community and the Balearic Islands.
In Priorat, they are found in two natural spaces: in the Montsant Natural Park and in the Sierra de Llaberia Area of Natural Interest. In the case of Montsant, the presence of the Mediterranean tortoise has been documented in the archaeological site of the Abrigo del Filador, in Margalef, near the river, and testifies to the use of tortoises as a food resource.
The Sierra de Montsant Natural Park works in collaboration with the Amphibian and Reptile Recovery Center of Catalonia to achieve a stable and viable population of between 10,000 and 20,000 specimens, through regularly organized releases. Since the beginning of the reintroduction plan, nearly 6,000 specimens have been returned to the environment.