Plan your visit

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German visitors enjoing the baby-tortoises

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The Tortoise Rescue, Rehabilitation and breeding centre focuses all resources to benefit conservation and provide exciting visitor experiences which inspire and empower people to take positive action for environment and wildlife. It is open for visits from May to October better. Here you may witness the wonderful and unique aspects of tortoise natural history, learn about protective legislation the main threats they are facing. Hikes and interpretative presentations will allow you to experience first-hand the beauty and natural richness of the area. You may observe both species of tortoises inhabiting our country, in all their life stages – eggs, newly born hatchlings, juveniles and adults; you may have the unique opportunity to witness interesting moments of their behavior – nesting, hatching, feeding, and mating; you can take interesting pictures of tortoises.

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Visitors teached how to identify both Bulgarian tortoise species

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We encourage visitors of all ages to learn about, help protect and care for the tortoises. We can help children develop a lifelong love for nature through our children activities, encourage college students to explore conservation careers, improve visitor safety through volunteer programs and much more. Such enriching experiences make the Tortoise centre an even more magical place and engage a new generation in preserving the tortoises. When planning your visit, it would make sense to keep in mind the variations in seasonal and daily tortoise activity.

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MonthApril, May *JuneJuly, AugustSeptember *
Activity period10-17h (on sunny days)9-12h;
15-17h
8-11h;
17-19h
9-13h;
16-18h

* During cool and cloudy days tortoises may be hidden or inactive.

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A kid with a baby Herman’s tortoise

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Tortoise Centre rules

As we are not a public animal exhibition nor a zoo, and because most of our tenants are undergoing rehabilitation and\or quarantine, please comply with Tortoise Centre rules. Tours at the Centre are always guided, and all children must be in the care of an adult.

The following are always prohibited:

• touching or disturbing the tortoises
• entering the enclosures without permission
• entry with pets

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Coming into the world

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