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A vulnerable (IUCN) and federally threatened Arizona desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) at the Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) and federally threatened Arizona desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) at the Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) and federally threatened Arizona desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) at the Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure.

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Fragmentation of fragile habitat has added to the woes of the once-hardy desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizi). They are collected from soon-to-be-developed lands and sent to a center where they are adopted, euthanized (if ill), or used for research.

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Volunteers look for endangered desert tortoises in the Mojave Desert outside Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Activist Eldon Hughes, shown at Joshua Tree National Monument in California’s Mojave Desert has worked to protect the desert habitat of the threatened desert tortoise.

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A female biologist uses radio telemetry to track juvenile desert tortoises in the Mojave Desert.

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Activist Eldon Hughes, shown at Joshua Tree National Monument in California’s Mojave Desert has worked to protect the desert habitat of the threatened desert tortoise.

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The desert tortoise’s (threatened) habitat California’s Mojave Desert is being threatened by housing developments.

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A biologist watches for endangered desert tortoises as a bulldozer makes way for a housing development in their last remaining habitat.

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The endangered desert tortoise’s habitat in Nevada is being threatened by housing developments.

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The endangered desert tortoise’s habitat in Nevada is being threatened by housing developments.

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The desert tortoise’s (threatened) habitat California’s Mojave Desert is being threatened by housing developments.

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