Demand Action for our Southwestern Desert Tortoises
  • Petitioning Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell

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Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell

Demand Action for our Southwestern Desert Tortoises

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      Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund

The federal government has revealed plans to shut down the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center in Nevada. This is an unsettling move that would require the removal and relocation of up to 1,400 captive desert tortoises into wild tortoise populations.

The concern is desert tortoises held in captivity are usually not equipped to survive in the wild. This also puts the wild, healthy desert tortoises at risk -- as the captive population can bring disease, become a competing source for food and shelter, and attract predators.

Desert tortoises once roamed across the deserts of the Southwestern United States. In recent years, some estimates show their population has plummeted by as much as 90 percent, due to poaching, disease and habitat destruction.

Because of this rapid population decline, the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center has served an important role as a place where America’s displaced and injured desert tortoises could be cared for in a secure environment.

Act now! Urge Interior Secretary Jewell to help prevent a catastrophe for these threatened animals – and find a way to keep this center open.

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      • 4 months ago

      Love an Respect for ALL LIVE !

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    • David Kaliner LAS VEGAS, NV
      • 4 months ago

      The Desert Tortoise Conservation Center in Nevada truly deserves to remain open. I was fortunate enough to have been given an exclusive tour of this important facility. The staff members seemed highly professional, caring, and genuinely dedicated in their research work. Such diligent efforts to study and assist these displaced and injured creatures, often using state-of-the-art equipment, have helped preserve these precious wild animals. The great work that these caring people do at the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center is essential and most impressive. These threatened animals are lucky to have such a terrific environment as this one. I really hope that the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center continues to operate here. Thank you.

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    • Juliana Schwarz ROCHESTER, NY
      • 4 months ago

      There's no excuse for shutting down this conservation center. Where are the tortoises supposed to go? Is it just too bad for them?

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    • Lesly Castillo BELL GARDENS, CA
      • 4 months ago

      Save our wildlife!!

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    • Marie Reyes KULA, HI
      • 4 months ago

      I have had a tortoise for close to 50 yrs. since it was a hatchling.

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