If you're not a Marine, or the base name 29 Palms does not ring a bell to you, this video will make absolutely no sense. This is purely an "if you know, you know," kind of video.
Almost anyone who's served on a military installation has come face to face with an endangered species. This is by design. In fact, the U.S. Military has an incredibly high amount of endangered species living on almost every singe base in the United States, this extends to Hawaii as well. This is by design, as endangered species stand the best chance of surviving when they're on protected federal land where only a small portion of American people can deal with them on a daily basis.
Out of all these endangered species however, one stands out above the rest, and that my friends is the Desert Tortoise. This is a creature that will walk out into the middle of the road at the speed of smell, and bring regimental sized operations to a complete halt at the cost of hundreds of thousands of U.S. taxpayer dollars. Without fail, everything in the area of a desert tortoise is brought to a complete halt so professional wildlife conservationists can come out and ensure the safety of the individual turtle.
So here, in all of its glory, is a short video talking about the importance of the infamous desert tortoise of 29 Palms, California.