Desert tortoise

The Desert Tortoise Council was established in 1975 to promote conservation of the desert tortoise in the deserts of the southwestern United States and Mexico. The Council is a non-profit organization comprised of hundreds of professionals and laypersons who share a common concern for desert tortoises in the wild and a commitment to advancing the public’s understanding of the species. For the purposes of the Council, the term "desert tortoise" includes the species complex in the southwestern United States and in Mexico, currently referred to as Gopherus agassizii, Gopherus evgoodei, and Gopherus morafkai.


Announcing the 2017 David J. Morafka Award: See the Morafka Award home page for announcement details and the award application procedure.

Announcing the 2016 Mojave Tortoise Course: We offer our basic course for the 25th time Saturday-Sunday, November 5-6, 2016 in Ridgecrest, California. See the Mojave Tortoise Course home page for more detail. Registration is now open!

Mark your calendars! Dates for 2017 and 2018 DTC Symposia are now confirmed: The dates for the next Symposium are February 24-27, 2017 at Sam's Town Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.
• The dates for the following Symposium are February 23-25, 2018 at Sam's Town Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.

Desert Tortoise Annotated Bibliography, 1991 - 2015 is now available: The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has just released the "Desert Tortoise Annotated Bibliography, 1991 - 2015", (Open File Report 2016 - 1023) prepared by Dr. Kristin H. Berry and her team (Lisa M. Lyren, Jeremy S. Mack, L. Arriana Brand, and Dustin Wood). In the summer of 2015, the Desert Tortoise Council funded a grant to the USGS to complete this very important document. Click Annotated Bibliography to view this valuable resource.

Last updated  01-Aug-2016