San Diego Zoo, which manages the shelter, disputes AP report
By Miriam Raftery; photo courtesy of the San Diego Zoo
August 29, 2013 (San Diego) – Earlier this week, Associated Press ran a story which stated, “Federal funds are running out at the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center and officials plan to close the site and euthanize hundreds of the tortoises they’ve been caring for since the animals were added to the endangered species list in 1990.”
But the San Diego Zoo, which managers that center, told East County Magazine that while the center’s funding is in question, no healthy tortoises will be euthanized. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has also issued a press release finding fault with AP’s reporting.