Eoghty children from the Sagrado Corazon school of Palma and the local school of Santanyi went to the Mondragó natural park yesterday to help release 50 Mediterranean tortoises. The outing was organised by the Balearic Friends of Parks Association, the Natura Parc Foundation and the Mondragó Natural Park on the occasion of World Environment Day. The Testudo hermanni is well known in the Balearics because it is the one most usually kept as a pet, although it is forbidden by law to have one because they are not abundant in Spain and are in danger of extinction. The Natura Parc Foundation has launched a campaign to rescue as many of these pets as possible and to reintroduce them into their natural habitat. The children, guided by monitors, released the tortoises in the Can Lluc Bassa area of Mondragó.

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