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

Volunteers Help Desert Tortoises

Volunteers Help Desert Tortoises

I’m always amazed to see volunteers bouncing into the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center at 5 a.m. to start the day. Most of our volunteers drive long distances to give of their time and help the tortoises.   read more

Tortoise Fight

Tortoise Fight

Suddenly, I heard scuttling, scratching, and the movement of dirt coming from the direction of the tortoises. “What is going on?” I wondered, and I moved back within eyeshot of the burrow. I froze. The tortoises were fighting!   read more