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Utah Desert Tortoise Adoption Program
The desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) was listed as Federally Threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1990. Desert tortoises displaced from the wild for any reason are in need of good homes! (They cannot be reintroduced to the wild. See our Tortoise FAQ page.) Support these amazing and long-lived animals by learning more about them and their habitat. Help out by adopting and providing a home and family for one of these gentle tortoises!
Desert Tortoises & Habitat
Care & Considerations
Tortoises Awaiting a Forever Home
UDWR's Online Desert Tortoise Adoption Booklet
Information on the adoption and care of desert tortoises in Utah.
UDWR's Application for Certificate of Registration
Note: Application says 2020, we're still using it for now (2021).
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