The Ploughshare Tortoise Protection Project, Madagascar
Community patrols, recruited from some of Madagascar’s poorest communities, are giving much needed support to national authorities to protect the critically endangered ploughshare tortoise.
Endemic to Madagascar, the ploughshare tortoise is a victim of its exotic appearance. Its high domed golden shell is much sought after by collectors and rare animal enthusiasts whose demands drive an illegal trade that has pushed the tortoise to the brink of extinction in the wild.
This case study was originally prepared as a background document for the symposium “Beyond enforcement: Communities, governance, incentives and sustainable use in combating wildlife crime”, held in South Africa from 26 to 28 February 2015.
The case study was originally published as part of the compilation Conservation, crime and communities, published by IIED (2015) http://pubs.iied.org/14648IIED (ISBN: 978-1-78431-140-7)