Desert Tortoise Conservation Center closing its doors
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A conservation center, charged with the safe keeping of endangered desert tortoises, is being forced to close its doors. But what will that mean for more than 1,000 creatures it helps to rehab?
The Desert Tortoise Conservation Center has been open since 1993, and since then, it's been saving creatures from areas of development to preserve the species.
But funding is quickly running out.
The center has announced it will close its doors in December of 2014, and the tortoises in their care will need to be relocated, released or euthanized.
Operators of the facility said many of the tortoises in their care are former pets, but some are just too sick to be released or relocated.
Currently, the conservation center cares for 1,400 tortoises.
The Animal Foundation and Lied Animal Shelter are still taking in unwanted tortoises from the public.