EAZA Ex situ Programme (EEP)

Egyptian tortoise

(Testudo kleinmanni)

 Mark de Boer
Institution:   Diergaarde Blijdorp

EAZA Member Area


Rotterdam Zoo

IUCN Red List status

IUCN Red List CR


Programme roles

Direct Conservation icon  Insurance
This role contemplates the possibility to maintain a long-term ex situ population to preserve options for the future. The population within EAZA is managed to provide individuals for augmentation of populations (demographically and/or genetically).
Indirect Conservation icon  Research in situ
There is need for research and support for research in country with focus on background information such as habitat, biology, and threats and to develop Best practice guidelines to tackle any issues with breeding. 

Programme numbers

In December 2019, the Egyptian tortoise EEP had 222 animals in 36 institutions.

Programme highlights

Best Practice Guidelines


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