Note: The Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area is not a sanctuary for captive tortoises or found wild tortoises. This is a protected area with its own native population of wild tortoises. The release of captive tortoises or relocation of wild tortoises is punishable by law and can be fatal to the tortoises involved.

What’s New


The Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee is seeking public input for OHV grant proposals. This year we will be applying for additional funding through the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division. We will be holding a public input meeting on Wednesday, January 24th from 6-7pm at our Riverside office (4067 Mission Inn Ave. Riverside, CA 92373). Input can also be made via email to dtpc@pacbell.net.

Fall Projects

The DTPC is gearing up for another busy fall season. An official announcement of what activities we will be working on will be posted soon!

Spectrum News Story

This past spring the Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area was featured in a short story by Spectrum News out of Palmdale. Check out the story here:


New Merchandise!

8" and 11" plush tortoises

8″ and 11″ plush tortoises

We are now selling plush tortoises in two sizes: 8″ and 11″. These items will also be sold at the Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area during the spring naturalist season. Buy them here. We have also launched a new “Adopt a tortoise” program.


                                                                              Photo Credits: Freya Reder ©