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 and Gopherus morafkai.


Health Assessment Training CourseRegistration is now open for the March 2016 Health Assessment Training Course. Click HAT Course for details about the course and registration.

Field Trip for the 2016 Annual Symposium: The Field Trip for the 2016 Symposium will take place on 18 February. Click Field Trip Details for specifics about this year's field trip.

Draft Program for the 2016 Annual Symposium: The Draft Program for the 2016 Annual Symposium is now posted. Please click Draft Program to view the document.

Please note: Problems with Sam's Town online room reservations: 18 January 2016 – 1:30 PM PST — Sam's Town online room servations is experiencing technical difficulties. Please use the toll-free phone number 1-877-593-5993 to make your hotel reservations.

2016 proposed amendments to the DTC Bylaws: The 2016 Annual Business Meeting will include a vote by the membership on proposed amendments to the DTC Bylaws. Please click proposed amendments to view the proposed edits, presented in redline/strikeout within the context of the entire bylaws.

Symposium vendors: The current list of vendors for the 2016 Symposium is now posted. Click Vendors to view the list.

Registration for the 2016 DTC Symposium is open! Click Symposium Index for event details and a link to our Wild Apricot registration web site.

2016 Morafka Award Announcement and Application: The 2016 Morafka Award information is now posted. Click 2016 David J. Morafka Memorial Award to view the updated information.

2016 Rob Gilman Memorial Research Award: Garcia and Associates, in honor and memory of field biologist Rob Gilman, will present a one-time monetary award to the student or professional presenting the best paper on an applied topic at the 2016 DTC Symposium. The award recipient will be chosen by the DTC Awards Committee. For more information, please click Rob Gilman Memorial Research Award.

2016 Call for Papers and Posters: The Call for Papers for the 2016 Symposium has been issued. Click 2016 Call for Papers and Posters to view the interactive document.

Last updated  31 January, 2016