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Scout seeks donations to remodel home for Jurupa Valley tortoises

By in Press Enterprise on December 1, 2017

By Staff report

Christian Aguilar, 16, has been visiting the Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center for years, and is now working on a project to help some scaly residents at the Jurupa Valley museum.

“Around a year ago, the Discovery Center took in several African Horned and California desert tortoises that couldn’t be taken care of by their previous owners,” he said in an email. “I wanted to see what I could do to help make sure that they eventually received an appropriate habitat.”

A Boy Scout from Troop 2 in Riverside, Aguilar’s Eagle Project is developing new landscaping for the reptiles: planting some native trees, preparing their enclosure for future work, and building benches.

Donors who help the project can get a plaque dedication on a bench. Any leftover money will go to the nonprofit center for the future excavation of a larger tortoise habitat.

He is aiming to finish the project this winter.



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