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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


Pre-Hibernation Check Up Dates for 2019

These will be held on Sunday’s from 10am until 4:00pm.


- Sunday 6th October 2019

- Sunday 13th October 2019


Hibernation Take-In Dates for 2019

This year hibernation take-in will be on the first two Sunday’s of November from 10am until 4:00pm. 


- Sunday 3rd November 2019

- Sunday 10th November 2019


Parking at the Tortoise Sanctuary

Please park responsibly and respect our neighbours. Do not park on the pavement or over neighbour’s drives, Thank you.