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Mojave Desert Tortoise

Fri, Sep 2, 2011 (9:55 a.m.)

The Desert Tortoise Conservation Center (DTCC) was constructed in 1990 in a southwest part of the Las Vegas Valley. The DTCC is contained within 222 fenced acres within an 11,014-acre area that was set aside in the Bureau of Land Management’s Las Vegas Resource Management Plan as the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center Management Area. While the DTCC has hosted several research projects, the primary function of the DTCC was a holding facility for formerly wild tortoises removed from the path of development and for tortoises from Clark County’s tortoise pick-up service (mostly former pets). In 2009 a new partnership was established between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the BLM, Nevada Department of Wildlife, and the Conservation Centers for Species Survival through which the San Diego Zoo began managing the DTCC to increase its value to conservation and recovery through improved husbandry, research, training, and education.

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  1. This is the same animal that has given the Rare Earth Magnet business to China because Pelosi and Ried got paid off by said country. Check out why they did it for yourself. They, and the EPA, have closed one of only two Rare Earth mines in the U.S., giving most ALL Rare Earth business to China,,, the same element we need to build electric cars and other power saving items,, and they used this same creature to do so. Funny thing is the SAME Species lives in abundence on the other side of the mountain range. Ask anyone that WAS in the Rare Earth mining biz.

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