Rabbit Leads – Rare Ploughshare Tortoise at Extreme Risk

April 29, 2009 / No Comments

We may be in serious trouble. The rabbit or hare depending on your version might win this one.

One of the world’s rarest species of tortoise is under extreme threat. The rarity is not that this is the one that loses to the hare. The threat to Speedy is from exotic pet smugglers.

Conservationists are fighting with smugglers to keep them from taking the Ploughshare tortoise. This type of tortoise can garner thousands of dollars on the black market. It is only found Madagascar.

Some estimates say there are only between 400 and 1,000 left.

If you ask me, we had better hurry … rabbit like hurry.