In the 1980s, the then Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust (now Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust) launched a recovery programme for this gravely threatened species. Gerald [Lee’s late husband] asked me to set up a breeding facility, as I had lived in Madagascar. I’d never actually seen a ploughshare (or angonoka), but it was love at first sight. The tortoises would let you stroke their heads and soft, wrinkled necks as they raised themselves high off the ground like a Citroën rising on its suspension.
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ENTERTAINMENT - TELEVISION
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