Tortoise Takeover


Thinking of visiting Jersey shortly? Gear up for the Tortoise Takeover! A creep of colourful tortoises has completely taken over the island this summer, making themselves at home in the most picturesque locations.

The trail

At JerseyTravel we are excited to share this unique art trail with you all.

Get ready to be amazed by this inspiring initiative presented by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in tandem with Wild in Art. Their mission? Blending together the island’s diverse community, encouraging locals and visitors alike to spend time in nature, and supporting Durrell’s conservation efforts to safeguard endangered species around the globe.

The trail showcases 50 giant tortoise sculptures, each one a unique work of art, along with 65 charming smaller tortoises. But this trail wouldn’t be complete without the hare, a 2-metre-tall sculpture that alludes to famous fable “The Tortoise and the Hare”.

Where can I find the sculptures?

The gigantic tortoises are located in the most scenic spots around the island. Their smaller-shelled friends can be found in shops, community spaces and office buildings in St. Helier. And every week, the hare is on the move to a new location.

In The Stars & Maurice (giant tortoises)

In The Stars & Maurice (giant tortoises)

Whether you’re a first-time or a returning visitor, the Tortoise Takeover offers a different and exciting way to experience the beauty of Jersey. So, grab your camera, download the interactive app, and start ticking off each tortoise you find. And as a special surprise, some of the sculptures will grant you a reward for ticking them off.


The Hare & Archie

The Hare & Archie (young tortoise)

Why Tortoise Takeover?

Tortoises have been an ongoing theme in the storytelling world for centuries. From the fascinating realm of Greek mythology to the charming tales of Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot and Aesop’s timeless fable “The Tortoise and the Hare”.

They’re also a symbol of endurance, power and resilience. In today’s fast-paced world, these beautiful animals remind us to slow down, enjoy the here and now, and make meaningful connections with the people and places around us.

JerseyTravel’s team members that have joined the hunt

(Nuria & Bex, Marketing)

The perfect way to spice up our running! This summer we’re both getting to explore new routes, and see parts of the island that don’t usually feature in our training routines or regularly beaten paths. Nuria has checked off 30 tortoises at the time of writing, and Bex has chalked up 23. The race is on!

(Elaine, Systems)

Elaine has family from Manchester visiting her this summer, and they’ve enjoyed touring the island together, ticking off some tortoises and seeing some new sights.

Marketing Team Member's Looking for Tortoises

Nuria & Bex (Marketing Team) hunting tortoises

Join the Tortoise Takeover and make your trip to Jersey one to remember! Feel free to share your pictures with us, we’d love to feature them on our blog and social media.