The Desert Tortoise

In 2011 the Park adopted two female Desert Tortoises – Shelley and Cienega – who reside in their very own stone enclosure at La Posta Quemada Ranch. Cienega is 16 years old and is very sociable when she’s out, and often assists with our efforts on education. Shelly is 41 years old and is shy but has a very sweet disposition.

Did you know…

  • Tortoises can survive droughts by storing water in their bladders.
  • Tortoises hibernate in winter.
  • Tortoises are most active during the rainy mon- soon season (July–September).
  • It is illegal to remove a Desert Tortoise from the wild?
    In 1989 the Arizona Game and Fish Department protected the species from collection from the wild.