tortThe Arizona Game and Fish Department’s regional office in Kingman will begin the ninth season of its popular Summer Wildlife Series on May 27 with a free, one-hour presentation on the desert tortoise.

Heather Heimann, terrestrial wildlife technician, will discuss the slow-moving but determined reptile and its habitat, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Kingman Mohave County Library, 3269 N. Burbank St., in Kingman. Heimann will cover tortoise biology, impacts of disease, habitat, and the department’s tortoise adoption program.

The presentation will include a live tortoise. Game and Fish personnel will be available to answer questions following the presentation. The main portion of the library will be open to accommodate a larger crowd.

“The tortoise is a fascinating animal,” Heimann said. “They live in an area where people probably wouldn’t expect to find them. They’re well-adapted for life in this environment.”