The character of Tino the Tortoise is based on the desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) of the Mojave Desert. Well adapted for the intense desert heat, it can survive a long time without a drink of water and live well over 50 years of age. He spends most of his time in his burrow which inspired the author to imagine him quite bored! Thus, the character of Tino the Tortoise was created. During his long winter sleep Tino dreams of visiting amazing environments such as America’s National Parks. During each adventure, Tino the Tortoise and his traveling companion Rudi, a Jerboa from the Gobi Desert of China, set out on a mission to discover ways of being good stewards of the environment, learn about nature and wildlife, and to protect the habitat of the ecosystems they discover together. Tino hopes to inspire and educate his audience of the beautiful landscapes he visits, make new friends, and have some fun along the way!