Instead of fighting, Georgia businesses work with environmental groups to save gopher tortoise

January 30, 2018 by  
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350 species of animals reside in burrows created by gopher tortoises,  but the tortoises are in trouble. Protecting them under the Endangered Species Act in Georgia could create red tape and extra costs for Georgia businesses, so they’re taking what NPR described as an unusual approach: not fighting the listing but joining forces with several environmental groups, wildlife agencies, private foundations, and the Department of Defense to save the keystone species. Over 80 percent of gopher tortoise habitat is privately or corporately owned, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Georgia . The reptile is already considered threatened under the Endangered Species Act in its western range in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and environmental groups aim to protect at least 100,000 acres of the creatures’ habitat in Georgia so the reptile won’t need to be listed under the Environmental Species Act there under a project called the Georgia Gopher Tortoise Initiative. Related: This flipped-over giant tortoise gets by with a little help from his friend The tortoises – which are Georgia’s state reptile – flourish in longleaf pine forests. In the Southwest, there was once around 90 million acres of longleaf pine – today, there’s around three million acres. Habitat destruction hasn’t helped the gopher tortoise population. NPR reported the state’s biggest electric company Georgia Power is the largest business involved. Georgia Power is a major landowner, per the publication, and gopher tortoises reside at some of their plants. The company’s wildlife biologist, Jim Ozier, told NPR, “We’re glad to have them here. Gopher tortoises do very well right next door.” He said the company, in addition to planning around gopher tortoises so they’re not impacted by maintenance, is restoring longleaf pine forests. According to the Georgia Conservancy , protecting the species could help protect water sources, create new public recreation areas, and “provide assurances for a more compatible economic environment for Georgia’s business community.” The state, federal government, and private foundations and donors are, per NPR, raising $150 million for the initiative to protect healthy populations where they are. Funding could go towards acquiring new public lands or “conservation easements on private lands.” Via NPR Images via Depositphotos and U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.

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This giant tortoise gets by with a little help from his friend

December 19, 2014 by  
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We all get into tight spots on occasion, and it’s at times when we’re particularly vulnerable that a helping hand from a friend is much appreciated. This giant Galapagos tortoise at a zoo in Taipei found himself in a bit of a pickle when he rolled over onto his back and couldn’t flip over on his own. Fortunately, his buddy was nearby and was able to help him out. Read the rest of This giant tortoise gets by with a little help from his friend Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: endangered , endangered species , flipped tortoise , galapagos , Galapagos tortoise , giant tortoise , giant turtle , Taipei zoo , tortoise , tortoise flip , tortoise flip over , tortoise on its back , tortoises , turtles

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Art or Animal Abuse? Tortoises Carry iPads for Controversial New Exhibition in Aspen

August 8, 2014 by  
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The Aspen Art Museum (AAM) hasn’t even officially opened its doors to the public yet, but one of its exhibitions is already causing massive controversy. Cai Guo-Qiang’s installation Moving Ghost Town features three African Sulcata tortoises roaming around a rooftop enclosure, each with two iPads affixed to its shell. The gadgets display video footage of local ghost towns. The AAM claims the artwork is “cultivating a site-specific approach to culture and history,” but animal rights activists have slammed it as outright animal abuse. What do you think? Read the rest of Art or Animal Abuse? Tortoises Carry iPads for Controversial New Exhibition in Aspen Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal abuse , animal welfare , Art , aspen art museum , Cai Guo-Qiang , exhibitions , iPads , petitions , tortoise , tortoises wearing iPads , Turtle Conservancy

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Adorable Crocheted Cozies Make Pet Turtles Stand Out

April 11, 2013 by  
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RIP ‘Lonesome George’: World’s Last Pinta Giant Tortoise Dies

June 27, 2012 by  
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We’re sad to report that ‘Lonesome George’, the world’s last Pinta giant tortoise died last night at the young age of 100 in the Galapagos Islands, off the coast of Ecuador . He was found dead in his enclosure by his long-time keeper Fausto Llerena. As the last surving member of the sub-species ‘Chelonoidis nigra abingdoni’ , George was famous for being the world’s rarest creature. Read the rest of RIP ‘Lonesome George’: World’s Last Pinta Giant Tortoise Dies Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Animals , extinction , galapagos , george , giant tortoise , lonesome george

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Natsumi Honda’s Tortoise and Hare Sculptures are Made from Recycled Watch Parts

February 21, 2012 by  
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Taking inspiration from the famous tale of ‘ The Tortoise and the Hare ‘, Japanese artist Natsumi Honda created these fantastical sculptures made from recycled watch parts. Dubbed “Time to Be Included”, the works are the product of hundreds of hours where the artist painstakingly glued thousands of tiny pieces together. A graduate from Tama Art University , Honda recently exhibited her art at Tokyo’s the National Art Center in Roppongi. Via This is Colossal Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , art sculpture , Natsumi Honda , Recycled Materials , recycled watches , Tama Art University , Time to be included

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