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86-year-old man and his tortoise island

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Posted by: unchikun at Tue May 1 18:18:23 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by unchikun ]  
   

there's a video at the link below. what a lovely guy -- you can tell he really loves his tortoises. bugs me that the girl in the video doesn't seem to care for them and could have dropped the baby -- then again, i'm also jealous that she got to visit!


"Brendon Grimshaw purchased the island for £8,000 in 1962 and set about making the island habitable. He did this with the help of one other man, Rene Antoine Lafortune….

Grimshaw and his friend planted sixteen-thousand trees, built 4.8 kilometers of nature paths, and brought and bred giant land tortoises, creating an island of incredible beauty now worth 34 million Euros. Apart from a wide variety of plant and bird life, the island is home to over 100 land tortoises….

After 20 years of persistence, Grimshaw and his assistant achieved their goal of making Moyenne Island a National Park in its own right, separate to that of the St. Anne marine park. Now known as the Moyenne Island National Park, it is the smallest national park in the world, harbouring more species per square foot than any other part of the world."
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