The World for a Desert Tortoise

The World for a Desert Tortoise

Suddenly, one fierce reptile charged out! She scampered all the way from the back of the burrow, legs swimming through dirt and pebbles. She ran at me as if she wanted to fight! All I could think of was Al Pacino, as Tony Montana in the movie “Scarface,” confronting me.   read more

Wild Tortoises Gear Up

Wild Tortoises Gear Up

The desert tortoises we have been tracking via radio telemetry since May 2013 at a site just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada, have started emerging from hibernaculum.   read more

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Gopherus Species!

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Gopherus Species!

Though there is much literature describing the different characteristics of the Gopherus genus, it can still be tricky to distinguish what you are looking at when they are right in front of you…   read more

A Portable X-ray Machine for Tortoises

A Portable X-ray Machine for Tortoises

We were very excited this spring when our field research team was given a grant that allowed us to purchase our own portable x-ray machine! This was to be used by the field crew and our medical staff to take x-rays on site and in the field.   read more

Growing up in Nature

Growing up in Nature

As I caught my first iguana in the warm Caribbean sun, I knew that this is what I would be doing for the rest of my life.   read more