Rescuers race to save tortoises in France's burnt biodiversity hotspot


Equipped with antennas, around 20 specialist volunteers are on the lookout for the creatures with black and yellow-patterned carapaces still in the area in southern France, home to 241 protected species. 

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In a deadly silent and scorched landscape, French scientist Dominique Guicheteau lies on his front, plunges his hand under a rock and brings out a Hermann's tortoise, reports FRANCE 24.