Two new desert tortoises have been adopted by the Friends of Jawbone. Unfortunately, the reason behind this adoption was that they had once been removed from their homes in the desert and had to be nursed back to health.
Desert tortoise populations in the wild are dwindling and are threatened by a respiratory disease believed to be spread by captive tortoises release back into the wild. Therefore, as a precaution, Mr. Ed and Ms. Emily could not be returned to their natural habitat.
Mr. Ed and Ms. Emily will be cared for by the Jawbone Station staff, just as they have cared for the 105 year old Mr. Bob. Mr. Bob resides in a separate, but nearby native plant garden enclosure.
Remember, if you encounter a desert tortoise, do not disturb or remove it. Desert tortoises are protected by federal law and as such, must not be touched when they are in the wild. If you are interested in seeing a desert tortoise, stop by Jawbone Station and pay a visit to Ms. Emily, Mr. Ed and Mr. Bob. We are open every day from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Click here for more information.