The San Diego Zoo is showing off work it is doing at a Las Vegas center to help repopulate an endangered species of desert tortoise. The zoo took over the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center in rural Clark County in Nevada in March.
Since then, business has apparently been booming– they have hired five full-time and five seasonal employees.
The zoo plans to study, breed and raise tortoises, train new researchers and educate the public.
The facility was established in 1990 on more than 11,000 acres managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service took it over in 2007.
It takes in about 1,000 tortoises abandoned as pets or found injured in the wild each year. Up to 4,000 tortoises already live there.
Since it opened, the center has released 8,000 tortoises into the wild.