There are few animals whose discovery generates such excitement amongst children than that of a tortoise. Similarly, the tortoise cause great excitement amongst lion cubs, which will play with one for hours in the hope that the tortoise will put its head out of its shell. It never does! The Mavros boys would often bring home tortoises of all shapes and sizes, each one as endearing as the next, from their wanderings in the veldt. Two species of tortoise are found in Zimbabwe – the Leopard tortoise and Bell’s Hinged tortoise. The Leopard tortoise is the larger of the two and is found most abundantly in dry lowveld areas. Its diet consists mainly of grass, with succulents, fruit and splinters of bone to supplement this. They hibernate from mid-May to mid-September, Zimbabwe’s winter time. The under shell of the male is cleverly concave to help it ‘cover’ the female when mating. In the wet season, the female lays up to five clutches of a dozen or so eggs, in holes that she digs in the moist earth. The eggs take up to fourteen months to incubate.
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Most pieces can be made in 18 ct gold and in sterling silver. Engraving and the setting of semi-precious stones are also available.
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Every Patrick Mavros silver sculpture is made using the ancient technique of lost wax casting. Obtaining a silver sculpture of the original wax model is a long and involved process. The wax model is encased in liquid rubber which, once set, is carefully cut away to provide a negative. Into this cavity... More about silver casting »
Every Mavros piece is borne of our experiences in the natural world and of our respect for the environment. Every piece has a story. More about this piece »
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Most pieces come in black signature Mavros embossed boxes, and some smaller pieces are placed in black velvet pouches prior to wrapping. See more about our gift wrap with photos here.
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