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new casino ab 99 Some new neighbors are moving in at Eglin Air Force Base, but you are not likely to meet them anytime soon. They’re short, quiet and spend most of their time in burrows underground.

Pizhou partnersuche frankenthal The first of 250 gopher tortoises being relocated from central Florida moved into their new home Wednesday on a 102-acre fenced habitat on a remote section of the Eglin reservation.

irurtzun como conocer gente nueva The move is part of a partnership between Eglin and the state of Florida. The tortoises are coming from an area slated for development and would probably not survive. Eglin Air Force Base has plenty of land, but few gopher tortoises. So the base’s Natural Resources Office has created a gopher tortoise colony where biologists will eventually put 250 of the burrowing reptiles.

site de rencontre militaire americain rightward Wayne Pittman, a biology technician in the Natural Resources Office, described the arrangement as a win-win.

And creating a viable gopher tortoise colony in Northwest Florida makes it less likely that the species will be added to the federal threatened species list. Such a designation could impact missions on the Eglin Air Force Base reservation.