Gea Chelonia Foundation

Tortoise centre





Wellcome to the Tortoise Centre!






The Tortoise Rescue, Rehabilitation and Breeding Centre focuses all resources on behalf of conservation. We provide visitors with inspiring and exciting experiences to empower them to take positive action for the sake of wildlife and the environment. The Centre is open to visitors from April to October. You may observe wonderful, unique aspects of tortoise natural history, and we will instruct you about threats to their continued survival and protective legislation. Interpretative presentations and hikes near the Centre will allow you to experience first-hand the beauty and natural richness of the area. Both species of tortoises native to Bulgaria, in all their life stages – from eggs, tiny hatchlings, juveniles to adults - will be observable to you. Likely you will have the opportunity to witness certain interesting moments of their behavior – nesting, hatching, feeding, and mating. You may take interesting pictures of tortoises from within a specially constructed blind. The best times for observing the tortoises is from May to September, and we advise you to contact us in advance for particulars.


Dear friends,

Given the current state of the COVID-19 global outbreak and in light of the emmergency state in the country announced by the Bulgaran Government on 13 th of March, The Tortoise Centre has made the decision to close for visitors. This excludes delivering of ill, wounded or disstressed tortoises. The health and well-being of our animals, staff and visitors are of critical importance to us. We look forward to reopen when we can safely proceed with our normal operations. Please take good care of yourselves and your health. We appreciate your support and understanding.






Interesting aspects of our work




Herpetological tours  
Be volunteer in the Tortoise centre  
Tortoise radio-tracking












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