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Bill Lites, ecologist for Zevcohen, shows a male gopher tortoise extracted from a burrow. Photo by Tanya Russo

How the gopher tortoises from Kings Landing are getting rehomed

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 |

Bill Lites, ecologist for Zevcohen, shows a male gopher tortoise extracted from a burrow. Photo by Tanya Russo

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This female gopher tortoise is estimated to be about 50 years old. Photo by Tanya Russo

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 |

This female gopher tortoise is estimated to be about 50 years old. Photo by Tanya Russo

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Gopher tortoise burrow #38 is located at Kings Landing Development. Photo by Tanya Russo

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 |

Gopher tortoise burrow #38 is located at Kings Landing Development. Photo by Tanya Russo

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An excavated tortoise burrow at Kings Landing. Photo by Tanya Russo

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 |

An excavated tortoise burrow at Kings Landing. Photo by Tanya Russo

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Justin Dahl, ecologist for Zevcohen, holds a female gopher tortoise extracted from a burrow. Photo by Tanya Russo

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 |

Justin Dahl, ecologist for Zevcohen, holds a female gopher tortoise extracted from a burrow. Photo by Tanya Russo

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Gopher tortoises are placed in plastic bins filled with dirt and grass to be transported to Lake X in St. Cloud. Photo by Tanya Russo

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 |

Gopher tortoises are placed in plastic bins filled with dirt and grass to be transported to Lake X in St. Cloud. Photo by Tanya Russo

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Steven Michael works the bulldozer that excavates tortoise burrows. Photo by Tanya Russo

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 |

Steven Michael works the bulldozer that excavates tortoise burrows. Photo by Tanya Russo

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A PVC pipe is placed in the tortoise burrow. "I can feel him," said Bill Lites, director of environmental science for Zevcohen. "He's telegraphing through the pipe. There's a tortoise in this burrow." Photo by Tanya Russo

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 |

A PVC pipe is placed in the tortoise burrow. "I can feel him," said Bill Lites, director of environmental science for Zevcohen. "He's telegraphing through the pipe. There's a tortoise in this burrow." Photo by Tanya Russo

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Dirt taken from the tortoise burrow is replaced. Photo by Tanya Russo

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 |

Dirt taken from the tortoise burrow is replaced. Photo by Tanya Russo

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This gopher tortoise is estimated to be around 7-8 years old. Photo by Tanya Russo

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 |

This gopher tortoise is estimated to be around 7-8 years old. Photo by Tanya Russo

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