The Desert Tortoise Conservation Center was established in 1990 to receive wild tortoises in harm's way from development and has taken in unwanted pets since 1996.
More than 1,000 tortoises arrived at the DTCC each year, and approximately 98 percent of those are surrendered or stray pets. Science-based protocols developed for desert tortoises brought to the DTCC have been instrumental in helping the FWS maintain a healthy population of desert tortoise in the wild.
Managing to recover desert tortoise, a threatened species, is a complex task in which all options need to be considered, and all risks and benefits to the species must be assessed.
To find out if a desert tortoise is the right pet for you, read the first 10 pages of the care booklet Desert Tortoises: Adoption and Care
or pick up a copy at any veterinary office in the Las Vegas Valley and Pahrump.