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Captive Desert Tortoise Habitat Project

Project type

Landscape Design


November 2022



This conceptual backyard habitat was requested by the Captive Desert Tortoise Habitat Project to help those interested in adopting a desert tortoise pass the yard-check adoption requirement. The backyard design is intended to be a one-size-fits-all plan for construction in any individual's backyard, regardless of residence size or yard orientation. There is a planting scheme, burrow and green roof construction details, and perimeter fence details for those who want to DIY their backyard. There is a human-common
area, the deck and garden, to retain territorial boundaries for the well-being of the tortoise.

There are three desert tortoise species, all protected. It is against the law to buy, sell, or take a desert tortoise from the wild. There are only 4 entities in the United States that can legally adopt them to the public. You can learn more here:
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