Desert Tortoise Council

Conserving desert tortoises and their habitats

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The Desert Tortoise Council was established in 1975 to promote conservation of the desert tortoise in the deserts of the southwestern United States and Mexico. The Council is a non-profit organization comprised of hundreds of professionals and laypersons who share a common concern for desert tortoises in the wild and a commitment to advancing the public’s understanding of the species.


The Desert Tortoise Council teamed up with the Turtle Survival Alliance to organize and implement the virtual 46th Annual Desert Tortoise Council Symposium in February 2021. The program included plenary speakers, multiple sessions on research and new affecting tortoises and their conservation, and awards.

View this year's program, abstracts, sponsors and awards on our website at


Join the Desert Tortoise Council, renew/change your membership, edit your profile, view your invoices and payment details for membership and events, or browse other member/profile-related settings.

Visit the Membership page for more details and instructions.


Make a  donation through our donations page to support the work of the Desert Tortoise Council. 

Your donations are tax-deductible to the full  extent of the law.

Thank you!

Introductory Course

The 2020 online course was given in two sessions on November 6 & 7. All attendees should have received their certificates by now. If not contact us at:

We hope to provide another course in 2021 either online or possibly in the field, but that will depend on the situation with Covid. We will try to make a firm decision by June.

More information available on our website Introductory Course page.

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