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.

Desert tortoises are an essential part of their desert habitat story New Desert Tortoise Info
Population Augmentation as a Recovery Strategy for the Mojave Desert Tortoise (3.8MB PDF)
Desert Tortoise Translocation Bibliography
Disease Risk Assessment

Greater Trout Canyon Translocation

  • Greater Trout Canyon Area Translocation plan (2.3MB PDF)New Desert Tortoise Info
  • 2015 progress reportNew Desert Tortoise Info

    Eldorado Valley Translocation

  • Eldorado Valley translocation plan (2.2MB PDF)New Desert Tortoise Info
  • 2016 progress reportNew Desert Tortoise Info

    Hidden Valley Translocation

  • Hidden Valley Translocation plan (.278MB PDF)New Desert Tortoise Info

    Boulder City Conservation Easement Translocation

  • 2017 progress report and translocation plan addendum (1MB PDF) New Desert Tortoise Info
  • BCCE translocation plan (1MB PDF)New Desert Tortoise Info

    2016 Health Assessments for Translocation

  • Data Collection Form
  • Desert tortoise health evaluation handbook (1.8MB PDF)
    Last updated: April 13, 2018