We do not inherit the
earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from
our children.
- Native American Wisdom

Adopt a Tortoise

One wildlife species of particular concern at Saguaro National Park is the Sonoran Desert population of the desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) -- listed in the statewide Arizona Wildlife Action Plan as a "species of greatest conservation need" and a species that is listed as threatened (under the U.S. Endangered Species Act) throughout much of its natural range.

Many threats that tortoises face -- including illegal capture and release, attacks by domestic dogs, roadkill, and habitat loss -- can be alleviated through greater public education and awareness.

With our Adopt a Tortoise revenue, FOSNP is able to provide Tucson-area students with hands-on experience with tortoises, using the research technique of radio telemetry tracking in order to build an appreciation for wild tortoises in their native desert habitat.

An important aspect of the FOSNP Desert Tortoise Conservation Education Program has been to carry the word about desert tortoise conservation directly to the general public.

You can Adopt a Tortoise for a minimum $35 per adoption.

Just click here, and submit to FOSNP.  Your transaction/donation will be secured through PayPal.