Tomas Diagne

1998 Associate Laureate, Environment
Senegal, Born 1971

Project Goal

Protect the wild tortoises of Senegal

Location: Senegal

"The reintroduction of sulcata into the wild is our ultimate aim. All our work here is orientated towards that goal.”

Tomas Diagne’s Tortoise Village at Noflaye, Senegal, attracts tourists and volunteers from around the world keen to learn more about Senegal’s seven species of tortoise, including the biggest land tortoise in Africa, Geochelone sulcata.

This famous animal, which can live for 150 years, was becoming more and more rare until Diagne, a major figure in African nature conservation, decided to save it.

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