Endangered Terrapin Turtles Discovered in Akure, Nigeria

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On the 16th of May, 2003, a community of  terrapin turtle species was discovered in Akure, Ondo State capital, Nigeria; subsisting in a harsh and unusual habitat- gnammas (large holes with water) on massive granite inselbergs (granite hills). The Akure landscape is a typical inselberg landscape especially around its northern outskirts. This area falls essentially on the southern fringes of Ikere Batholith (the entire cluster of gigantic hills between Akure and Ado-Ekiti area).

Shortly after the first discovery, another gnamma within the same area was discovered to contain a community of these same species. Since then, there have been various efforts to bring to the knowledge of the state government, the presence and the endangered state of the species. These efforts have also ended in futility due to government’s insensitivity and lack-luster attitude to the subject of tourism and conservation of natural resources in the country.


During the past seven (8) years, the species and their habitat have been closely monitored and their behaviours carefully observed.This was the major inspiration for Nàìjátreks Foundation. We are determined to ensure the successful protection and conservation of these wonderful animals and their habitat.
We shall use this platform as an avenue to publish our observations of the Akure terrapin’s behaviors, the nature of their habitat as well as their relationships.
Also, we shall keep you constantly updated on the steps we are taking to achieve the successful completion of the Akure terrapin conservation project.

Kindly follow our posts on our Nàìjátreks Foundation page on the link bar above to get updated on our progress.

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This article was written by Folarin Kolawole

Founder of Naijatreks, Nigerian-born Folarin Kolawole is a geologist, travel writer and researcher. When not at work, he travels the length and breadth of Nigeria, exploring, taking photos and writing about her numerous hidden tourist potentials.   'Naijatreks' is a product name registered under the Ntreks brand, which is also duly registered by Nigeria's Federal Corporate Affairs Commission. The contents on this blog are re-usable. However, it must be ensured that it is linked back to this blog, and correctly attributed to Naijatreks or the author. Please do not edit, rewrite or commercialize the original works on this blog without direct and written permission from the Founder (Folarin Kolawole). For inquiries and advert placement on the blog, kindly contact us at info@naijatreks.com or naijatreks@gmail.com.


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Canty@gmail.com' Jeromy QuintonJanuary 26, 2011 at 1:14 pmReply

It’s good to educate people with your discovery- thanks for sharing.

bolarich@gmail.com' BolaJanuary 7, 2016 at 7:40 amReply

Great job, please keep up the good work!

Umukoroemmanuel25@gmail.com' EmmanuelNovember 9, 2017 at 6:43 pmReply

DAT good I will try in my power to make dis in dangery turtle known to d government