Help Save the Desert Tortoise!
The Desert Tortoise Council is raising money to protect habitat for the desert tortoise.
About this Project [+]
The Desert Tortoise Council was established in 1975 to promote conservation of the desert tortoise in the deserts of the southwestern United States and Mexico. The Council is a non-profit organization comprised of hundreds of professionals and laypersons who share a common concern for desert tortoises in the wild and a commitment to advancing the public’s understanding of the species. For the purposes of the Council, the term "desert tortoise" includes the species complex in the southwestern United States and in Mexico, currently referred to as Gopherus agassizii, Gopherus evgoodei, and Gopherus morafkai.
The Desert Tortoise Council is launching this campaign to raise money to protect habitat in order to bring back the tortoise to that area.
Problem that we are solving
Desert Tortoises are a threatened species and with our ever increasing population in Southern Nevada there iare more roads, pavements, buildings taking over desert tortoise habitat. This leaves them with no where to live and so they die off and are becoming increasing endangered.
How we solve the problem
The Desert Tortoise Council plans to use the money to reintroduce desert plants into a habitat to make it livable for the tortoises. Without the right plants to eat the tortoise cannot survive. Essentially, we will use the money to prepare the habitat so we can re-introduce the tortoise back to this area of land in North Las Vegas.
Sites denuded of perennial plants have exhibited limited use by desert tortoises. Native perennial plants are critical to healthy desert tortoise habitat for at least three reasons. First, desert tortoises heavily use shrubs for cover and to construct burrows beneath. Second, certain species of perennials (such as herbaceous forbs) are forage preferred by desert tortoises, even when annual plants are available. Third, perennials provide key functions for ecosystem functioning, such as facilitating recruitment of native annual plants as desert tortoise forage.
The Desert Tortoise Council will reintroduce the correct plants to the area where we plan to reintroduce the desert tortoise.
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