The Tortoises That Get Down and Dirty | What's Wild!

Getting their name from their burrowing behavior, gopher tortoises play a vital role as a keystone species in the sandhills ecosystem they call home. It’s here that we will see why these creatures have one the “dirtiest job” and explore the impact of significant habitat loss to the species and ecosystem. We’ll then follow a partnership between wildlife management and a university working to restore the gopher tortoise population in the sandhills region. 

What’s Wild! is a digital series showcasing South Carolina’s rarest wildlife and the amazing people who protect them.