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Arizona Edition: Act fast to give a tortoise a home

The Arizona Game & Fish Department has 150 tortoises in need of families.

They range in age from hatchling to adult and while adoption is free, you need to have a burrow and act fast, because the state can’t let them go once the reptiles go down for a winter nap.

100 hatchlings and 50 adult Sonoran Desert Tortoises are in the care of Arizona Game and Fish.

Tegan Wolf, Desert Tortoise Adoption Program Coordinator, talks about where the animals under their care came from, and more about the natural deadline of brumation and why it means they need to act fast.

Like hibernation in mammals, brumation is a dormant period in which tortoise essentially shut down for a while.

Wolf says the 150 tortoises under their care will probably be in brumation in the next month, and they don’t want to adopt them out while they are sleeping.

We also hear from KAWC's own Steven Hennig who is the parent of two desert tortoises.

Tortoise Adoption Information

Arizona Game & Fish Department

Lou grew up in Tucson and has a long family history in the state of Arizona. He began his public radio career in 1988 at KNAU in Flagstaff as a classical music DJ and has been hooked on public radio since, transitioning to news after trying his hand at several other careers in publishing and commercial broadcasting. Lou has a degree in American Studies from Arizona State University and was KAWC's Morning Edition host for two and half years before becoming News and Operations Director.
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