Live in Nevada? Now you can show your support for the incredible desert tortoise with your very own Respect & Protect license plate! 

(Via Reptile Magazine)

The special Nevada desert tortoise license plate is now available for order. Proceeds from the sale will benefit conservation efforts of the species.

Mojave Max was a desert tortoise who lived at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Nevada. In addition to helping educate children of Nevada, he was the representative of the Clark County Desert Conservation Program, and the West Coast’s answer to Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil, the sometimes unreliable mammalian weather protector.

The special plate costs just $62 for a standard plate and $97 for a personalized plate, with $25 of that going to support desert conservation measures. More information is available on the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles website.

Meet Tripod, the three legged tortoise looking for a forever home! 

(via Northern Arizona Gazette)

Tripod had a rough go around with a dog leaving him with severe injuries. Thanks to the vets at the Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital, a lengthy surgery to amputate a front leg, and lots of rehabilitation, he’s recovered and ready for adoption!

Tripod’s story has a happy ending but that’s not always the case when it comes to encounters between tortoises and dogs. Many don’t realize that tortoise shells have a similar scent to raw hide and that makes them seem like prime chomping material.

“When this tortoise was brought into the veterinary clinic, the damage was so severe that it’s left front leg needed to be immediately amputated,” said Tegan Wolf, AZGFD Tortoise Adoption Program coordinator. “Tripod has since recovered nicely and gets around perfectly fine on three legs.”

As you can see, Tripod is back to dominating all the land he stomps on. He and many other desert tortoises, of varying ages, are in need of forever homes as part of Arizona’s desert tortoise conservation efforts. These tortoises are unable to be released into the wild but have long lives to lives to live.

Adopters need to have a securely enclosed yard or separate enclosure in their yard, free from potential hazards such as a dog, fire pit or unfenced pool. The enclosed area must include an appropriate shelter for the tortoise to escape Arizona’s extreme summer and winter temperatures.

If you live in the Arizona area and have the ability to commit to ~40 years of love and care, Tripod or one of his desert tortoise friends might be waiting for you! Check out more at the Arizona Game and Fish Department here:


Watch a Desert Tortoise Hatchling Release in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve

This hatchling, like many Mojave desert tortoise hatchlings, lost its way among residential areas in Washington County- especially during monsoon seasons. BLM biologists continue to complete clearance surveys to ensure hatchlings found in these developmental areas can be relocated to Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, a tortoise habitat protection area. Successful transitions of hatchlings to sites such as Red Cliffs Desert Reserve are all in the result of teamwork from the community and a variety of agencies that continue to support the wellbeing of the tortoise population. Watch this little guy take his first steps back in his BLM-managed habitat!

Learn more about Fish and Wildlife in the BLM here!