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Protect The Desert Tortoise From Danger

February 22, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

The federal government is planning to shut down the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center in Nevada due to a lack of funding. Without the Center, this could be the deathblow to a species that has seen a severe decline in its population — as much as 90% in recent years.

Closing the Center would not only disrupt conservation efforts, it would also force 1,400 tortoises — who have spent the majority of their life in captivity — to compete for survival with their wild counterparts and possibly infect them with disease.

Clearly, closing the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center would have a devastating effect on this once prominent species. You can help. Call on Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and demand she keep the Center open.

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