The Friends of Our Tortoises Workgroup was initiated by Montagu local residents.
They banded together to receive, rehabilitate and release injured wild tortoises in the Langeberg Municipal Area.
F.O.O.T is a voluntary group that works very closely with the local SPCA, a vet in Robertson and Cape Nature (Langeberg Conservation Services, Vrolikheid).
Local residents contribute generously with basic medical supplies.
Each year F.O.O.T treats between three to five wild tortoises injured on the local roads, usually with broken shells or damaged legs. They’re brought in by drivers or passers-by.
The workgroup spends time placing healthy tortoises back in the areas where they were found when concerned motorists found them wandering about the highways and roads.
But the major issue in this (and surrounding) region is the abuse of wild tortoises by children, which accounts for the bulk of tortoise patients.
Fortunately some of our local schools now provide information sessions about tortoises (twice a year), whilst residents are actively encouraged to take photos of offenders before moving in.
The increased surveillance over the past 3 years seems to be working, but only time will tell.
F.O.O.T is a group founded under the auspices of the Montagu Mountain Reserve Advisory Board to advise the Langeberg Municipality on the ongoing management of its local nature reserves and natural areas.
Please contact us if you have a wounded tortoise, or if you would like to contribute to F.O.O.T’s efforts.
Visit our Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/montagumountainreserve and contact the administrator for more information.