Minnie and Nala came to us from the Arizona Desert Tortoise Adoption program in April 2020.
Both are Sonoran Desert Tortoises (Gopherus morafkai)
Minnie is a 10 to 20 yr old female. She was given to the adoption program by someone who could no longer care for her and her nine sisters.
She was housed with a male tortoise so it is possible she may lay eggs in the future. Did you know tortoises can lay viable eggs from mating years earlier?!
Minnie is a little shy. She comes out every couple days for food and to visit. She did supervise some planting in her enclosure one day tho.
Nala is a 20-30 yr old female. She was also given to the adoption program by someone who could no longer care for her.
It was discovered she had a very large bladder stone that required surgery to remove. She made it through the surgery just fine and is doing very well.
She is the more social one. She comes out everyday for feeding time and will follow her caretaker around the enclosure until he feeds her. She enjoys getting a cool down sprinkler during hot weather and is very curious.
She loves a strawberry treat!
A couple tortoise facts:
Everyone is welcome to stop by, say hello to the girls and watch them during feeding and enclosure cleaning time. Usually between 5 and 6 pm during the summer.
Hey, where’s my roof?!
Nala dug a little too far under her foundation, risking collapse.
The guys recreated her den to allow her to dig deeper and stay cooler.
Enjoying the day in the shade of the thornless Palm.