Protection Status

Threatened

Endangered Species Act

Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), desert tortoises are listed as threatened, meaning it is likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range.

Vulnerable

IUCN Red List

IUCN Red List: The desert tortoise is listed as vulnerable, meaning the probability of its extinction during the next 20 years is at least 10%.

Appendix II

CITES

The desert tortoise is listed under CITES Appendix II, meaning they can be traded commercially as long as it doesn't threaten their survival.