Texas Gopher Tortoise Project

In spring, 2020, RCI expects arrival of 15 Texas Gopher Tortoises (Gopherus berlandieri). These animals were illegally removed from the wild or were owner surrenders, often by people who did not realize the amount of care required for an animal that needs a large habitat and can live for 60 years. The males will be housed individually to minimize male-male aggression. The females will live in a large communal habitat. The tortoises are going to be observed for their mate choice behavior.