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El Paso Zoo helping save rare tortoises

El Paso Zoo helping save rare tortoises
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Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 10:49pm

The El Paso Zoo is leading conservation efforts to help save a rare tortoise in North America. Bolson Tortoises were first discovered in 1959 on a farm in Northern Chihuahua. A full grown Bolson Tortoise can grow to be as heavy as 30 pounds. They can also live as long as 30 to 60 years. They are the largest tortoises found in North America.

The reptiles aren't native to El Paso, but the city's zoo is leading efforts to try and make sure they don't go extinct. Part of those efforts include a Party for the Planet, which is planned at the zoo later this month. It will take place April 21st from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Community leaders, scientists, and biologists will be on hand to share ways to conserve and preserve the turtles and other rare animals.

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