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The Few, the Proud, the Tortoises: Marines Protect Endangered Species

An Army of Biologists Are on Nature Patrol at Military Bases; 'Walking Ravioli'

By BEN KESLING
Updated May 13, 2013, 10:33 p.m. ET

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif.—U.S. Marines are taught to overcome obstacles with a minimum of help. But when some Marines prepared to charge a hill in a training exercise here a few months ago, they were forced to halt and radio the one man who could help them advance: Brian Henen, turtle expert.

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