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Tortoise Sanctuary

International Tortoise Association

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Registered Charity

Number 1116347

Welcome to The Tortoise Sanctuary, the International Tortoise Association in Sully , Vale of Glamorgam. The sanctuary is run by Ann Ovenstone (MBE ) along with her team of dedicated helpers. The sanctuary members work tirelessly to ensure the welfare of tortoises, including caring for the sick and injured, rehoming, events, breeding and hibernation programmes. All aspects of the tortoise life are undertaken at the sanctuary and the specialist expert knowledge of those involved ensures that all tortoises who are born, bred and live there receive the utmost in Chelonian care.


Our Policy

Our conservation policy is to promote healthy captive breeding, as our aim is to stop the importation of tortoises from the wild.

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  • To prevent cruelty to tortoises and to care for those that are sick and neglected.

  • To enhance the knowledge of the public and to provide training in the care and welfare of the tortoise.

  • To preserve and protect endangered species and their natural habitats.

  • To establish and maintain a national resource and information centre providing assistance, advice and education regarding the objectives.

  • To promote development of support groups in the UK including their maintenance structure and content and to make grants to such support groups.

  • To promote and support research in connection with the objectives or any of them and related concerns to collaborate with others in similar fields.

  • To publish, co-operate in or promote the publication of dvd's, books, films, pamphlets, journals, news-sheets or other publications and recordings in and towards the attachment of the objectives.

  • To raise funds and invite and receive contributions from any person or persons, corporations or other organisations whatsoever, by the way of loan, subscription, donations or otherwise.


Our Objectives

The sanctuary has had a number of calls and messages from owners who's tortoise have been attacked by rats.  Some have been bitten down to the bone and are in a serious condition.  It may be that with pubs and restaurants etc not fully open that their food source has disappeared and they are attacking anything that they can get to.  Whatever the reason please make sure that your tortoise is safe and locked up at night away from harm.  It's also important to not allow them to hibernate in the garden - watch them closely for signs of digging down and move to a more suitable location where  you can monitor their behavior and ensure that when they do hibernate it's in a place of safety and of your choosing.   Rats are becoming a huge problem this year,  please make sure your pet doesn't become a victim.

Urgent message for all Tortoise owners.

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Important Announcement Regarding COVID-19

Unfortunately our Sunday morning opening will be for emergencies only.

All visits must be pre booked and only 2 persons to accompany the tortoise. No Children will be allowed on the premises and only one booking made at a time.

The gate will be kept closed until the appointment time booked.

All restrictions will be enforced as the sanctuary itself will be closed to all visits.

We thank you for your understanding and support during this difficult time. We will of course update regularly.

Tortoise food can be purchased at the front office, please ring to let us know on telephone number 02920 531282.

Hibernation Check-Up & Take In. 2021 until 2022 - To Find Out More Click [Here]