Ploughshare tortoise or angonoka, Astrochelys yniphora

Astrochelys yniphora
Ploughshare Tortoise

    • Habitat:
      Dry deciduous forests
    • Threats:
      - Burning from brush fires
      - Illegal wildlife trade
      - Poaching from the wild for high-end pet markets
    • Conservation Efforts:
      - Captive assurance colonies and breeding programs from individuals confiscated from illegal trade

    • Wild Population:
      - Functionally extinct in the wild with only a few remaining
      scattered individuals
    • Endangered Status:
      Critically Endangered

Fast Facts

– Turtle Survival Alliance maintains two colonies of angonoka in Madagascar, one is composed of young animals that are rapidly growing toward sexual maturity, and the second is adults seized from an illegal operation. This group has the distinction of being the first group of angonoka to successfully reproduce in captivity in the capital city of Antananarivo.

Species Snapshot