TRLI Sulcata Adoption Policy
For anyone surrendering their Sulcata tortoise (Geochelone Sulcata) we
would like to make it very clear that homes may be easy to find, but
great homes are not. Here at TRLI we strive to find the best home
possible for each and every tortoise that comes to us. Some may be place
quickly, others may have to spend some time with us while we work on
finding a good home. Our first and formost condition is to place the
tort as far down south as we can, however this is not always possible
and there will be times that the tortoise will be placed in a northern
climate, but only if sufficient space and good environment can be
provided to the tortoise for the colder months. This may be in the way
of a large shed, a garage, a basement or even a large room inside ones
house (although that is not recommended). Our goal is not to make people
happy, although that's a bonus, but to put the torts in the best
For those wanting to adopt a Sulcata please refer to the above. We will
not adopt to anyone in a northern climate unless sufficient space and an
adequate environment can be provided for the tortoise during the winter
months. We will always place a tortoise in a good southern home before
resorting to a northern climate. We will not knowingly place a female
Sulcata with someone that currently has males and intends to breed.
There is enough of a problem with the overpopulation of Sulcata as it
is. If I can be assured that seperate areas are kept for each gender,
this may not be an issue. But under no circumstances will we ever adopt
a female Sulcata to someone with two male Sulcata which will be kept in
close quarters. Please don't ask us to make exceptions, we won't.
When adopting we do ask for photos of enclosures, not your current
tortoises. We do this for a reason. Not to start a photo journal of
beautiful back yards, we do it to be sure the Sulcata (or any tortoise
for that matter) is going to have everything he will need for a safe,
healthy environment throughout the year. This means we must see that you
have an escape proof, fenced in area in your yard. A shelter which has
heating if you have winter months when the tortoise will have to be kept
inside at night. If the tortoise will have to be inside day and night
for the winter, we also want to see that enclosure. A water source, UVB
lighting and heating must be shown. It may seem like this is a bit much,
but if someone really wants to adopt a Sulcata, we expect them to do
what it takes to have one and the above are necessary. We always
recommend one visit www.africantortoise.com for proper care of Sulcata.
If you write on your application that you will be feeding your Sulcata mazuri tortoise chow and fruit we will work with you to change that to a
good diet. Remember our intentions are for the utmost care of the
Sulcata and proper diet, as well as environment is essential for good
health for the tortoise.
At this time we do not ask for an adoption fee, however the person
surrendering the tortoise is asked to pay a surrender fee plus provide a
health certificate for the tortoise to be shipped over state lines (or
pay an extra fee for our vet to provide one).
person adopting is responsible for shipping charges.
The above is our current policy. It may change at any time without
notice. It is at our discretion to decide which is the best place to
adopt all tortoise to.
Director, Turtle Rescue of Long Island
NYS Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator