Don’t Evict Desert Tortoises!
Only 10% Of Desert Tortoises Remain. Recent estimates report that the desert tortoise population of the Southwestern United States has dropped by as much as 90 percent due to poaching, disease and habitat destruction.
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.
The Desert Tortoise Conservation Center is a beacon of hope; here conservationists provide a haven for displaced and injured tortoises. However, the federal government has revealed plans to shut down the center.
If the Conservation Center in Nevada is shut down, the 1,400 captive tortoises that live there will be removed and relocated to the wild. This would be a catastrophe, as captive tortoises are not equipped to survive — much less thrive — in the wild. In addition, they could infect the wild population with disease, further threatening the species.
We must protect these vulnerable animals!
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