Monthly Archives: December 2017

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Flipping over is a perilous hazard for the giant tortoises of the Galápagos Islands. However, over the years these creatures have evolved to get back on their feet and survive, concluded a study published in Scientific Reports. Charles Darwin visited these islands in 1835, and his observation of various ... Read More »

Ojai turtles needed shelter from the Thomas Fire, and Atascadero City Hall volunteered

Humans weren't the only ones to seek shelter in San Luis Obispo County from the fires ravaging Southern California; a small army of Ojai turtles and tortoises found refuge in the basement of Atascadero City Hall. When the Thomas Fire threatened to move into the Ojai Valley, Paul Gibbons of the Turtle ... Read More »

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The giant tortoises of the Galápagos Islands have no natural predators, but their shells represent a mortal danger of their own. When flipped over, the animals — who regularly weigh in at more than 90 pounds — often struggle to find their feet. If they fail, they eventually die. And for a giant tortoise called ... Read More »

Ojai turtles needed shelter from the Thomas Fire, Atascadero City Hall volunteered

Humans weren't the only ones to seek shelter in San Luis Obispo County from the fires ravaging Southern California; a small army of Ojai turtles and tortoises were crashing in the basement of Atascadero City Hall since Tuesday. When the Thomas Fire threatened to move into the Ojai Valley, Paul ... Read More »

Turtles, tortoises take refuge from Thomas Fire at Atascadero City Hall

ATASCADERO — Saturday afternoon, in a long, cement corridor in the basement of Atascadero City Hall, a giant, brown radiated tortoise slowly reached out one scaly, clawed foot in front of the other, locked into a head-to-head race with another giant, brown radiated tortoise headed down the corridor ... Read More »

Hundreds of rare turtles evacuated from Thomas Fire in Oaji, rel – KSBY.com | San Luis Obispo and …

Hundreds of rare turtles and tortoises evacuated from the Thomas Fire are calling Atascadero their temporary home. They came from the Turtle Conservancy facility in Oaji, an area that was under a mandatory evacuation order. When the flames got within f... Read More »

Queens Tortoise-Napper Faces Jail Time For Stealing Rare Reptile

Shawn Waters, 37, of East Elmhurst, pleaded guilty on Thursday to plucking a rare 17-year-old tortoise named Millennium from the Alley Pond Environmental Center in July. Waters now faces six months behind bars for criminal possession of Millennium, who... Read More »

Little Ponderosa Zoo remembers animals killed in fire, including 100-year-old tortoise

A 120-year old tortoise was also killed. His name was Tonka. "He's been here in this ol' world longer than you and I have been," James Cox, founder of the zoo, said. Cox said Tonka has a lot to remember in his life. "Tonka survived the great depression," Cox said. "I am very fortunate, I didn't have to go ... Read More »

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