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The Gopher Tortoise Council (GTC) was formed in 1978 by a group of biologists and others concerned about the range-wide decline of the gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus). The Council offers professional advice for management, conservation, and protection of gopher tortoises; encourages the study of the life history, ecology, and management of gopher tortoises and other upland species; conducts active public information and conservation education programs, and seeks effective protection of the gopher tortoise and other upland species throughout the southeastern United States.
The gopher tortoise is a species in decline and warrants additional protection rangewide on both a state and federal level. It is a species that lives a long life, reaches sexual maturity at over ten years of age, produces relatively small clutches, experiences low recruitment, and suffers from an upper respiratory tract disease, high levels of predation and loss of habitat. Severe losses in the western half of its range have resulted in the gopher tortoise being listed as Federally Threatened in Louisiana, Mississippi, and western Alabama.
GOPHER TORTOISE COUNCIL
The Gopher Tortoise Council was formed in 1978 by a group of southeastern biologists and other citizens concerned with the decline of the gopher tortoise. The goals of the Council are: (1) to offer professional advice for management, conservation, and protection of gopher tortoises; (2) to encourage the study of the life history, ecology, behavior, physiology, and management of gopher tortoises and other upland species; (3) to conduct active public information and conservation education programs; (4) to seek effective protection of the gopher tortoise and other upland species throughout the southeastern United States.
The Council supports environmental education programs and through the generous donations of many of our members, has contributed funds for the purchase of critical habitat for the gopher tortoise and other upland species. The Council has contributed to the financial support of research projects involving reproduction, home range, and feeding studies in the gopher tortoise, ecology of the striped newt, and gopher frog. If you would like to become a member of the Gopher Tortoise Council, please print out and complete the membership form and return it to the Florida Museum of Natural History.
Original text by: Catherine Puckett and Richard Franz. Edited by Joan Berish and Jessica McGuire.
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