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, Gopherus evgoodei, and Gopherus morafkai.

Please note: if you have reached an outdated web page, please refresh/reload the page or clear your browsing history in order to view the latest version of the page. If you have questions, please contact the Webmaster.

The Desert Tortoise Council is committed to openness and transparency. As such, we’ve posted all of our finalized policies on our website.

Please visit the Documents page on our website for links to the finalized DTC policy documents.


Announcing the opening of registration for the 2018 Introduction to Desert Tortoises and Field Techniques taking place November 3-4 at the Kerr-Magee Center in Ridgecrest, California: Registration is now OPEN. Click 2018 Introduction to Desert Tortoises and Field Techniques for more information.

Announcing the 2019 Annual Symposium and Business Meeting: The 2019 Annual Symposium will take place February 21-23, 2019 at the Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa, 245 East Ina Road, Tucson, AZ 85704. Click 2019 Annual Symposium for more information.

Desert Tortoise Annotated Bibliography, 1991 - 2015 is now available: The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has just released the "Desert Tortoise Annotated Bibliography, 1991 - 2015", (Open File Report 2016 - 1023) prepared by Dr. Kristin H. Berry and her team (Lisa M. Lyren, Jeremy S. Mack, L. Arriana Brand, and Dustin Wood). In the summer of 2015, the Desert Tortoise Council funded a grant to the USGS to complete this very important document. Click Annotated Bibliography to view this valuable resource.

Last updated  19-Jul-2018