Saving the Sokeka tortoises
“60 000 tortoises are consumed by local and international market every year in Madagascar. This endemic specie will disappear in 20 years if nothing is done about it. ”
Sadly, this kind of alert is “common” for a lot of species in Madagascar. You just replace tortoise with another species, then the “deadline” is always alarming
Personally, I wasn’t even aware that the sokeka tortoise is endemic to Madagascar, to the spiny south-south-west region of Madagascar. I’ m so used to finding them in the garden of acquintances who fed them with lettuce. I didn’t even know that the sokeka meat are mostly eaten by fellow people in toliara, fort Dauphin, antananarivo during the easter, christmas or new year’s eve.
The local customs do not help too preserving those sokeka as they have a ” negative fady” which dictates the Mahafaly and the antandroy not to touch the sokeka.
A lot of challenges are ahead because it is estimated that if the consumption rate of Sokake stays the way it is now, the 3.5 million sokeka in Madagascar will all disappear in 50 years .
Please find below the french version of the WWF program aimed at preserving those tortoises
Then here is the english shorter version