Our team implemented the following activities:
- On-site gathering of field data on the distribution of the two tortoise species within the territory of “Sinite Kamani” Nature Park;
- Questionnaire-based gathering of data on the distribution of Testudo graeca and Eurotestudo hermanni within the territory of “Sinite Kamani” Nature Park;
- Studying the impact of terrestrial predators (wild boars, jackals, foxes, feral dogs) on the populations of both tortoise species within the territory of “Sinite Kamani” Nature Park;
- Preparing a GIS data base as a result of the field studies and the questionnaire surveys on both tortoise species - Testudo graeca and Eurotestudo hermanni;
- Releasing tortoises, illegally kept by citizens, back into the wild;
- Training the staff of the Park and the foresters in charge of the relevant territories with regard to the enforcement of direct conservation and scientific measures to preserve the tortoises;
- Developing and applying educational programs in 20 schools in the town of Sliven and the nearby villages as a major conservation method for protection of tortoises.