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 (7) 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.
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