Joshua Tree National Park Association

Tortoise Transmitters

Desert Life

Joshua Tree National Park’s Tortoise Transmittering Program was another exciting project made possible through financial contributions from JTNPA.

Desert tortoises are listed as “threatened” under the federal Endangered Species Act. The tracking devices will help researchers understand where they are thriving, how quickly they are reproducing, and how California’s drought impacts their odds of survival.

While in the park, you may see desert tortoises out and about looking for water. Let’s all be #TortoiseAware while driving, hiking, and recreating! Please follow all posted speed signs throughout the park, check under your car when driving off, and please give them their space if you spot one.

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