Desert tortoise

Learn about the unique characteristics and behavior of desert tortoises. Discover how you can help protect this endangered species and create a safe habitat for them.

As we hiked in the Utah desert, we were lucky enough to encounter a Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii), as he crossed an open area to reach a heavily vegetated patch nearby. Chuckwalla Trail, Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, St. George, Utah.

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Brian Spagnolo
Desert Plants, Cactus, Cactus Flower, Desert Tortoise, Tortoise Habitat, Tortoise Turtle, Tortoise Care, Turtle, Desert Botanical Garden

Because the desert tortoise’s Mojave range is largely on federal land, conservationists believe the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) should have better managed the animal’s recovery once it was listed under the Endangered Species Act in 1989. Instead, the species has steadily declined. 1976 Bureau of Land Management establishes 40-square-mile Desert Tortoise Natural Area in […]

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