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Our Mission: Saving Wildlife


Learn About Thomas

  • Classification: Reptile
  • Species: Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii)
  • Lifespan in Captivity: 80-100+
  • Lifespan in the Wild: 50-80yrs
  • Length: 10-14in
  • Weight: 8-15lbs
  • Range in the Wild: Mojave and Sonoran Deserts
  • Habitat in the Wild: scrub desert
    • Diet in the Wild: grasses, herbs, flowers, cactus pads, fruit
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: veggies, fruit
    • Gender: Male

Thomas was found wandering down a sidewalk in Grants Pass. He has since become a volunteer favorite: they take him out to trudge through dandelion fields and enjoy the bright sunshine. He is only kept outside during warm weather, as he goes torpid if the temperature is too low.

Visit Us

11845 Lower River Rd., Grants Pass, OR 97526
P.O. Box 36, Merlin OR 97532

Please make a reservation for your tour as you must be accompanied by a tour guide to visit!

  • Hours: 9AM - 5PM
  • Guided Tours: Every hour on the hour
  • Adults $14 | Seniors $12
  • Children (ages 4-13) $7
  • Children ages 3 and under by donation

Our Mission: Saving Wildlife

In this pursuit we aim to:

  • Involve people to share in our mission.
  • Educate people about the personal benefits of taking care of wildlife and the environment entrusted to our care.
  • Inspire people to make positive changes improving the world for wildlife.

We Need Your Help

With over 80 animal ambassadors, and over 1,000 sick injured and orphaned animals brought to our center each year - every dollar counts. We rely solely on people like yourself to support the work we do.

We receive no State or Federal funding and depend entirely on private funds to carry out our Mission.