Nevada Fish & Wildlife Office
Pacific Southwest Region

Desert Tortoise Recovery

Due to appreciable declines of tortoise populations across the range, in conjunction with multi-faceted interacting threats, population augmentation is another tool for conservation of the Mojave desert tortoise. Translocation (the movement of an animal from location to another) can be used to augment or re-establish locally depleted or extirpated populations in conjunction with elevated threat management and/or habitat restoration or directed research on the factors affecting success. Population augmentation in conjunction with threats management and restoration activities, as well as research designed to investigate the effectiveness of these actions is a means to gain insights into causes of declines and to increase the rate at which depleted populations could be revived. It is important to realize that if the causes of tortoise population declines are not addressed, simply increasing population numbers in the wild through augmentation will not result in recovery. Augmentation will not be a long-term strategy for conservation of the desert tortoise, but rather an intermediate, experimental strategy aimed at increasing populations more rapidly than possible through natural processes.


Disease Risk Assessment New Desert Tortoise Info

2015 Health Assessments for Translocation

  • Data Collection Form
  • Desert tortoise health evaluation handbook (1.5MB PDF)

    2013 Health Assessments for Translocation

  • Desert tortoise health evaluation handbook (1MB PDF)
  • Appendix C. Clinical Signs (6.6MB PDF)
  • Appendix D. Body Condition Scores
  • Data collection form

    2012 Health Assessments for Translocation

  • Health Assessment Data Collection
  • Desert tortoise health evaluation handbook (1MB PDF)
  • Body Condition Score

    2011 Health Assessments for Translocation

  • Desert tortoise health evaluation handbook (1MB PDF)
  • Clinical signs Appendix C (27MB PDF)
  • Body condition score Appendix D (10MB PDF)
  • Health Assessment Data Collection Form
    Last updated: June 10, 2015