Radiated Tortoise Limited Edition Print

All proceeds will be donated to the Turtle Survival Alliance.
<em>Edit Conservation Project/Cause</em> Radiated Tortoise Limited Edition Print - All proceeds will be donated to the Turtle Survival Alliance. | Matt Patterson
To fly any further from my home in New Hampshire, I'd have to leave the planet. Madagascar is an entire hemisphere, a whole season, and more than 8,000 miles away. And when I finally landed after more than 24 hours in the air, my journey had just begun. To reach my first stop at the remote Tortoise Conservation Center--located in a part of the country called the Spiny Thicket--I drove for nine hours, bouncing over dirt tracks with huge potholes filled with puddles. The heat was like nothing I had ever experienced before, with no shade but my tent, and only brief bucket showers to cool off. I noticed maggots in the meat we would share for dinner. This was not a luxurious trip. But in the relative cool the next morning, as I was walking down a trail through thick, thorn-infested forest, I knew it was all worth the journey. I found what I was looking for: the high-domed shell and black and yellow head of my first live, wild, radiated tortoise, a critically endangered and staggeringly gorgeous reptile with distinctive with yellow lines radiating from the center of each dark plate on the back. Right then, I knew the arduous trip--which, little did I know, was to become more arduous still!-- was more than worth it. From my experience on this trip and being able to see the radiated in the wild I created a new radiated tortoise painting. I now have a limited edition prints of this painting available. There are only 100 of these prints available, each one is numbered and signed by me. ALL PROCEEDS from this print will be donated to the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA). There is a link to my Etsy where you can purchase the print below. The work that TSA and others are doing is so important to the survival of these critically endangered animals in the wild. In the 90's there was an estimated 12 million radiated tortoises in the wild. In 2013 the number was estimated to only be 6 million. Today that number has been cut in half again and there are only 3 million radiated tortoises estimated in the wild. Just think what that number will be in a couple more years if nothing is done. Just last April a house was discovered in southern Madagascar with over 10,000 radiated tortoises that had illegally been taken from the wild. Six months later another house was discovered with 7,000 tortoises. The Turtle Survival Alliance along with other conservation organizations are working to help protect this species. Success depends on many things, one is building partnerships with local communities and being able to educate and foster an interest with them to protect the wildlife they live with. All you have to do is buy a print to help contribute to this cause. PLEASE share this post and together lets help raise some money for tortoise conservation!!
Saturday, 20 July, 2019

The purpose of this print is to raise money for radiated tortoise conservation.