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Desert tortoise education resources at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Desert tortoise education resources at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens.

Desert Tortoise Resources

Let’s talk tortoises

The desert tortoise is a symbol of the California desert and the state’s reptile. Populations were plentiful a few decades ago but tortoise numbers have declined rapidly over the last 30 years placing the tortoise on the Federal List of Threatened Species. Human impact and development have been the leading cause of their decline.

Engage your classroom in the wildlife conversation. The Living Desert offers several ways for educators and students to learn about the desert tortoise and how they can help save this species from extinction.

Mojave Maxine Emergence Contest

Guess when Maxine will emerge from her Spring brumation at the Zoo. Winners receive a classroom prize package!

Tortoise Trunks

The Desert Tortoise Information and Youth Education Program offers a variety of ways for educators to teach about desert tortoises in classrooms.

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