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Tortoises in Marrakech

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  1. jsheffield

    jsheffield Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    My wife and I are exploring Morocco by car for about two weeks and this morning in Marrakech, while roaming the medina, I saw tons of baby tortoises... Sulcatas, I assume.

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    Jamie
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    Testudo, not sulcata.
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    Those tortoises are Testudo graeca marokkensis (Moroccan Greek). Native to that area.
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    Thanks for the clarification!

    I feel so badly for the torts (and lizards), not being able to do anything to help them or prevent their suffering feels yucky.

    Jamie
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    Yes, the animals and reptiles on display, performing or on sale in the Medina are not cared for that well. But, it is what it’s is - and it draws in the tourists with money to spend (like you and me!)

    If you get a chance, go visit Essaoura for ocean views and tasty fish.

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    Essaouira is a port city and resort on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. Its medina (old town) is protected by 18th-century seafront ramparts called the Skala de la Kasbah, which were designed by European engineers. Old brass cannons line the walls, and there are ocean views
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    Here’s a good descriptive article on this village - https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/...essaouira-morocco-holiday-what-to-see-and-do/
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    We drove from the airport in Casablanca to Essaouira for a night and a day before coming to Marrakech and loved it!

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