RESCUE TORTOISES from being killed!

Help us rescue 1000+ gopher tortoises!!  There are 25,000+ gopher tortoises estimated on undeveloped or partially developed Incidental Take Permit sites throughout the state of Florida right now!! These tortoises are in IMMINENT DANGER AND WE CAN SAVE THEM!!

Incidental Take Permits (ITPs) were issued from 1991-2007.  Developers could pay a mitigation fee and obtain an ITP allowing them to bury the tortoises and commensal species onsite rather than relocating them.  In 2007, the species was uplisted to threatened and ITPs are no longer allowed to be purchased.  HOWEVER, 100% of the ITPs issued up to 2007 were GRANDFATHERED IN AND ARE NON-EXPIRING.  

The St. Joe Community Foundation has generously offered us a $50,000 MATCHING FUNDS CHALLENGE GRANT to help rescue these ITP tortoises. Raising $50,000 in donations will provide us with $100,000 to save 1000+ tortoises this year. It usually costs us $200-$300 a tortoise but with our cost cutting and cost sharing programs with our partners, we can save them for $100/tortoise on most projects.  Two years ago, we tripled our operations and are now rescuing over 1,000 of these imperied animals each year. Last year we completed the largest single rescue of our project's 10 year history excavating 1,200 burrows and saving 459 tortoises!! This was just ONE of many projects we completed in 2015.  

WITH YOUR HELP, we can save even more this year!! So far in 2016, we have rescued over 300 ITP tortoises and numerous injured/waif tortoises. This is more than we have rescued in the first quarter in our project history!!  DEVELOPMENT IS RAPIDLY INCREASING THROUGHOUT FLORIDA, and we need to keep up with it to prevent these tortoises from being buried alive or harmed/killed onsite by heavy equipment and machinery.  

We have saved 5,000 ITP tortoises (PLUS 1,000+ injured/waif tortoises) since we started the project in 2006, and WE CAN SAVE THOUSANDS MORE WITH YOUR HELP!!  DONATE TODAY, AND IT WILL BE MATCHED DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR!!   

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE IT HAPPEN!!  

EVERY DONATION MATTERS!! You can make a donation of ANY AMOUNT BY CLICKING THE DONATE NOW BUTTON!!

Check out the video of our FIRST RESCUE in 2006!! We also rescue commensal species including imperiled animals like the pine snake, gopher frog and Florida mouse. 

Donations

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  • Maria Bolton-Joubert 
    • $50 
    • 10 mos
  • Jes Stage 
    • $10 
    • 19 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 29 mos
  • Laura Bevan 
    • $20 
    • 39 mos
  • Laura Bevan 
    • $20 
    • 40 mos
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Organizer

Carissa Kent 
Organizer
Oviedo, FL

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