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Tortoise-adoption program expands to Northern Nevada

Nevada Appeal Staff Report

Tortoise Group, the Las Vegas nonprofit that manages adoption of desert tortoises, is expanding its operations to Northern Nevada.

The tortoises are considered a threatened species in the wild, and a spokesman for the nonprofit said there are not enough homes for them in Southern Nevada. Jim Cornall said there were quite a few people in the Reno-Carson City area who expressed interest in adopting a tortoise last fall, so the group is holding two workshops to educate them and test that interest.

Those who expressed an interest are being contacted to attend a Reno workshop May 31 at Horseman’s Park on Skyline Boulevard or the Minden workshop June 1 at the Cooperative Extension Conference Hall. Both workshops will run from 1-2:30 p.m.

Cornall urged anyone interested in adopting a desert tortoise to submit an application at and sign up for a workshop at