A house of environmental activists in Mauritania turned to a nature reserve full of wild turtles, and it is a direction of dozens of students, researchers and ordinary citizens who want to rest and or watch its contents of protected turtles, plants and fruit trees.
The environmental activist had to redesign his home which is located on the vast land in the south of the capital Nouakchott to respond to the needs of environmental activity, his house now is home for hundreds of wild turtles which are living in an entrances and shelters housing specially designed to receive those animals, and he feeds them from the branches of the fruit trees and other kind of meals that he provides them.
The Birth of the Idea and the unusual customs in Mauritania:
Owner of the project ” Bamba Samory Soueidatt ” said that the idea came to him 10 years ago. I was in recreation trip outside the city, I was surprised of a rural family who were cooking a turtle for the lunch meal and another turtle was waiting to be cooked, so I decided to buy it” says Bamba
The project began after that, Bamba decided to start mission of manhunt for the endangered turtles in the wild and remote countryside. Only few year later, he had collected dozens of turtles which he bought them or he picked them up from remote places of Mauritania.
According to Bamba in interview of Aljazeera net, his main motivation to run this project was his feeling of risks facing the turtles, which are now few in number and endangered because of several factors, most notably the drought that hitting Mauritania since decades, also large parts of the country, and the enthusiasm of broad categories of the population to eat turtles and prepare it as meals in a private offer for the guests, especially in remote and rural areas.
Among the unusual customs in Mauritania, is a large number of people with asthma or shortness of breath to look for a turtle to lock it up for an hour or two hours with the patient, believing that the turtles have extraordinary ability to absorb the disease and help people recover without having to search for a doctor or to pay for meditation fees.
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Fruits and Trees
Not only turtles Bamba preserves in Adbakana – name of beautiful town in the middle of Mauritania which he gave it to his reserve – but he also decided to a couple of kind of trees and plants that most of them not available in whole Mauritania.
Today the reserve is full of many types of trees in including, for example olives, figs, almonds, orange and black berries, pomegranates, apples and sea Curusol and Melia, henna and Seixas and some palm trees.
One of students that was visiting the reserve during Al Jazeera net interview, called for support to this project which is lack much.
Abdullah Al Abbadi
Source: Al Jazeera.net Dec 1, 2011