The Tortoise’s Next Step


The Animal Foundation recently announced the start of its desert tortoise adoption program, which aims to ease the strain on the overcrowded Desert Tortoise Conservation Center. Here are the key details:

1. The adoption fee is $75 and includes an implanted microchip.

2. Those interested in adopting a tortoise must meet with an adoption counselor to ensure that their homes meet certain criteria: Yards should be at least 600 square feet, and they must have space for a burrow.

3. Because desert tortoises are a threatened species, adoption is only available to Nevada residents. To control the captive population, each household can adopt only one tortoise. For more information, visit or call 702-384-3333.