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Science Says

  Recently, their populations have plummeted 90% as a result if human activities. Direct causes include collection for “pets”, military activities, off-road and on road vehicle death, and trampling. Indirect cause of death and injury include habitat loss, degradation and fragmentation by urbanization, military development,…



Tortoise at Large

  Extinction Threatened More than 20% of the world’s reptiles and amphibians face extinction. Visit this site to see which free living reptile communities in your state are in extreme danger.   http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/amphibian_conservation/map.html   Protection Minimal Despite their fragility, reptiles are afforded little to no…



Lessons from the Tortoise People

After months of dreaming, Desert Tortoises have arrived at The Kerulos Center. To honor these magnificent beings, Executive Director Gay Bradshaw’s published the following essay in her Psychology Today blog, Bear in Mind.   Today, most impediments that Desert Tortoises encounter are not foreseeable. This…



When Giants Fall

Executive Director Gay Bradshaw has joined the crew of When Giants Fall, a documentary film in the works that gives incisive treatment to the plight of African Elephants in the midst of poaching, armed conflicts, and other stressors.  As an adviser in the film’s creation,…



Killing Them Softly

When I was a growing up, we visited my uncle every summer on the shores of New Hampshire’s sapphire, Lake Winnipesaukee. There, amidst the blueberry and wintergreen, the wind carried the whisper of ancient Algonquin feet padding along wooded trails. Loon laughter threaded the steady…



The Real Ray

See this special interview with Ray Ryan, the “real Ray” who was featured in The Elephant Letters: The Story of Billy and Kani. He is also interviewed extensively about his insights about the psychology and politics of the captive Elephant industry in the book Elephant…



Domed Homes for Domed Ancients

Sanctuary design plans are well under way with our new partnership with Pacific Domes International. Based in Ashland, OR, the company has been creating geodesic domes since 1980. They will manufacture and help build five geodesic dome habitats for the desert tortoises soon to arrive.