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

Wildlife Crime Scene Investigation

Wildlife Crime Scene Investigation

The criminals or causes of disease are many fold. They include microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, and parasites.   read more

Look under Your Vehicle!

Look under Your Vehicle!

When working with animals, it’s important to always be aware of your surroundings, especially in the desert where I live and work. You can never be too sure that a tortoise or other wild creature is somewhere it shouldn’t be!   read more