We are raising funds to improve the recovery conditions for sick and injured tortoises

Patients of the Tortoise Breeding and Rehabilitation Centre often remain under observation,  treatment, and care during the winter and do not hibernate. They are severely injured, sick or weak tortoises accepted in autumn and winter, which need time for recovery. They have unclosed wounds, infections, fractures, missing parts of the body or are very weak. Among the patients prevail the victims on the road, whose wounds are most severe and slowly treatable.

Their recovery is usually a slow and lengthy process, especially in artificial conditions when confined to a room. We have also left active the weakest and sickest babies, hatched in previous autumn. Probably they could hardly survive the winter. Good basic conditions are required for their treatment, including appropriate temperature, humidity, and lighting. The most important factor for tortoise recovery is the heat. Currently they are housed in a small sized room, with poor thermal insulation and therefore difficult to heat. To help these patients, now we need your help.

We accept tortoises injured on the road with broken shells, which we fix using different tools, in this case – bee wax and fixing units.


To deal with this problem, we need a well-insulated and heat-retaining place to accommodate and treat our patients. We have started to construct a building with thermal panels divided into two recovery rooms. The launch of this project became possible thanks to Balkantel Ltd and Enterprise for Management of Environment Protection Activities donations for one recovery room construction. Currently, building work is underway, but we do not have the funds to complete it.

The first tortoise recovery building is under construction.

What is to be done?

The construction of a twin recovery room is forthcoming. We need 13,585 leva (EUR = 1.95 BGN ) to finish it. This includes:

Foundations490
Metal structure              5250
Roof panels 80 mm.1680
Wall panels 100 mm.3055
Windows960
Edge-shaped metal950
Electricity installation1200

At the moment we cannot provide the funds. We appeal  you to support us for helping the tortoises!

Tortoise Centre’s patients release

How can you help us?

Support us to provide tortoises with warmth. Help us with donation or by sharing our cause!

Why should you donate?

With your donation, you put a brick or wall on the recovery room where hundreds of tortoises will heal and reside every winter before get healthy to nature. By donating, you become a tortoise friend and you are always welcome in our Rescue Center to visit us, to get acquainted to the tortoises and our work, and to see what we build with your donation. 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support!

Ivo Ivanchev, Tortoise Centre founder

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Gea Chelonia Foundation
Bank name: Raiffeisen Bank
BIC: RZBBBGSF
Bank account (BGN): BG45RZBB91551086349113

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