Latest Desert Tortoise Stories
Dramatic distribution losses and a few major distribution gains are forecasted for southwestern bird and reptile species as the climate changes
A new study suggests that habitat fragmentation and the addition of makeshift perches such as transmission polls in sagebrush ecosystems are creating preferred habitat for common ravens that threaten sensitive native bird species, including greater sage grouse
Officials with the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center outside of Las Vegas, Nevada say they are about to put down hundreds of tortoises because of a lack of funds.
Government agencies are considering scores of applications to develop utility-scale solar power installations in the desert Southwest of the United States, but too little is known to judge their likely effects on wildlife.
More peer-reviewed scientific studies of the effects on wildlife of large-scale solar energy developments and operations are needed to adequately assess their impact, especially in the desert Southwest.
In a case that both highlights and exacerbates the growing tensions between wildlife conservationists and green energy efforts, some two dozen rare tortoises and their Mojave Desert habitat could force a California-based energy firm to drop its plans for a massive solar-energy complex.
Wild burros are to be relocated from an Army post in California and from areas around Death Valley, federal officials said. Burros drawn by natural springs at Fort Irwin, Calif., are disturbing the habitat of the desert tortoise, a species listed as threatened, and other native animals are being threatened when they stray into live fire areas, The Barstow Desert Dispatch reported. When you only have one water source ...
The Desert Tortoise, Gopherus agassizii, is a species of tortoise native to the Mojave Desert and Sonoran Desert of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. The epithet agassizii is in honor of Swiss-American zoologist Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz. The carapace of these tortoises may attain a length of 6 to 15 inches, with males being slightly larger than females. Their shells are high-domed, and greenish-tan to dark brown in color. Desert tortoises can grow from 4"“6" in...
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