Biologists race to assist North America’s largest and rarest tortoise species

Whereas the typical lifespan of North America’s largest and most uncommon tortoise species is unknown, biologists have stated it may span upward of a century.

So saving the endangered species is a protracted recreation — one which acquired one other nudge ahead Friday as U.S. wildlife officers finalized an settlement with Ted Turner’s Endangered Species Fund that clears the way in which for the discharge of extra Bolson tortoises on the media mogul’s ranch in central New Mexico.

The “secure harbor settlement” will facilitate the discharge of captive tortoises on the Armendaris Ranch to ascertain a free-ranging inhabitants. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Martha Williams stated the settlement, which affords non-public landowners protections from rules, can function a mannequin as officers search for extra revolutionary methods to work throughout the Endangered Species Act.