FLORA AND FAUNA
Island Gopher Tortoise Research

         

 
Researchers on the island have recently identified the 22nd tortoise, a small hatchling less than a few inches wide. Our researchers are working very hard to identify all the individual tortoises and their whereabouts. They are using wildlife cameras to determine which tortoises live in each burrow and to watch the interactions between the different tortoises. The researchers at Deerfield Island Park are also the founders of a local networking group for South Florida Gopher Tortoises Researchers and Land Managers, the group will work together to help protect this beautiful species. Soon the researchers hope to have an online training course ready for you to take if you'd like to become a tortoise ambassador and learn more about these amazing creatures.