Defenders of Wildlife

Help Save Gopher Tortoises

The gopher tortoise has been roaming the upland forests, sandhills and coastal dunes of the deep south for thousands of years.

Their deep burrows provide a home for more than 350 different species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and even birds.

Unfortunately, due to human interference, gopher tortoises no longer inhabit a large area of their historic range.

But there is still hope of recovery if we act now.

Watch the video to see how we’re helping. For a limited time, if you complete all the steps, The Rainforest Site will fund the equivalent of 21.7 square feet of protected habitat.


why gopher tortoises need our help...


an easy question...


how you can do more...

1 Watch the video

2 Gopher tortoises are increasingly threatened by _____.

3 More help is needed:

Gopher tortoise burrows provide shelter for over 350 other species of wildlife, including the Florida mouse, burrowing owl, gopher frog and the threatened eastern indigo snake. This makes the gopher tortoises a keystone species with a pivotal role to play in their native community. Without the gopher tortoise, many of these species would not have a home or would not exist.

Defenders of Wildlife is on the forefront fighting for their protection and conservation but needs your support.

Donate now to save the gopher tortoise and other imperiled wildlife.

While your completion of these three steps has helped to fund the equivalent of 21.7 square feet of protected habitat, please consider donating to save gopher tortoises and other imperiled wildlife.

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Help Save Gopher Tortoises
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