Study

Comparing post-release cover and burrow use by differentially head-started Mojave desert tortoises in southern California

  • Published source details McGovern P.A., Peaden J.M., Buhlmann K.A., Todd B.D. & Tuberville T.D. (2021) Comparing post-release cover and burrow use by differentially head-started Mojave desert tortoises in southern California . Conservation Evidence, 18, 37-43.

Summary

The effects of indoor rearing versus the conventional method of solely outdoor head-starting on post-release cover and burrow use of juvenile Mojave desert tortoises (Gopherus agassizii), a threatened endemic species, were investigated. We found that partially indoor-reared tortoises exhibited similar post-release behaviours when compared to both same-aged, but smaller, and similar-sized, but older outdoor-reared head-started tortoises, thus increasing the success and decreasing the costs of head-starting.

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