Protect the Sonoran Desert Tortoise From Extinction

Target: Aurelia Skipwith, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Protect the Sonoran Desert tortoise from extinction by adding it to the Endangered Species List.

The Sonoran Desert tortoise is distinct to Arizona and New Mexico, but in decline because of climate change and other factors. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now required to decide whether to put the species on the Endangered Species List, which would give it greater protections to prevent extinction.

Numerous factors have put the Sonoran Desert tortoise at risk for extinction. These include habitat fragmentation and destruction from land development, livestock grazing, invasive species, wildfires, and climate change. Just one of these threats would already be detrimental to tortoises, but together they make for dire circumstances for the species.

Little funding has gone into protecting and studying this unique animal, because they aren’t on the Endangered Species List. The current population is unknown, and could be very low because of the numerous threats they are facing. The state of Arizona has some laws protecting tortoises from hunting and collecting, but federal protections are needed to preserve the future of the species.

Adding the Sonoran Desert tortoise to the Endangered Species List would give the them protection under the Endangered Species Act. Sign the petition to call for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the Sonoran Desert tortoise from extinction.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Skipwith,

The Sonoran Desert tortoise is at risk of extinction from habitat fragmentation and destruction, livestock grazing, invasive species, wildfires, and climate change. The current population is unknown because there hasn’t been enough funding for research. This animal needs protection under the Endangered Species Act to avoid extinction.

The threats tortoises are facing are numerous and require immediate action. I urge you to protect the Sonoran Desert tortoise by adding it the the Endangered Species List.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Bettina Arrigoni


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