PubTalk 5/2010 — The Heat is On: Desert Tortoises & Survival

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Detailed Description

A New USGS documentary video exploring the world of the mojave desert tortoise

Introduced & discussed by USGS Ecologist Todd Esque & Ken Nussear, Wildlife Biologist 


  • The Mojave Desert tortoise, an important indicator of desert ecosystem health, is being threatened by habitat loss, predators, wildfire, and disease
  • Population numbers have severely declined during the last 40 years, raising survival concerns and driving recent recovery efforts
  • Can scientists meet the challenge of providing the information required to reverse trends impacting the habitat and wellbeing of the tortoise, and threatening extinction?


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Length: 01:21:31

Location Taken: Menlo Park, CA, US


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