We’re ending the week on a wild high! Today, with our friends at Parks and Wildlife Services, we released 73 Perth Zoo bred Western Swamp Tortoise into the wild.

This is the single biggest release of WA’s rarest reptile. It’s also cracked another record, as it means we’ve now released more than 800 swampies into natural habitat to help them fight extinction.

Release day is the culmination of three to four years of hard work, and what our zoologists are focused on every day while caring for the tortoises – so it’s a really big day for us at Perth Zoo.

Did you know: The Western Swamp Tortoise was once thought to be extinct. Thirty years ago, there were fewer than 50 individuals remaining on the planet but we’ve worked hard and now bred more than 1,000 of them.

Saving wildlife isn’t just our slogan, it’s what we do and we can’t do this without you.

Click here to find out more about our Native Species Breeding Program.