Conservation Blog

Conservation Blog

600th horned lizard hatching

Today we’re celebrating the hatching of our 600th Texas horned lizard right here at the Fort Worth Zoo. This hatching is an incredible milestone for our Texas horned lizard program, which has boasted immense success in saving this species since its inception in 2000. It wouldn’t be a proper celebration without acknowledging the dedicated staff, partners and wildlife conservationists who helped make our Texas horned lizard breeding program the success story it is today.  Ours... Read More
at Friday, August 9, 2019

Celebrating Global Tiger Day

photo credit: Gary Meek     Did you know there are less than 4,000 tigers left in the wild today? Across the entire world?  Global Tiger Day is dedicated to the protection of wild tigers and education on how important these animals are for the ecosystems they live in.  The conservation of wild tigers also ultimately helps to protect and conserve other species that share the same habitats such as orangutans, rhinos and elephants. Protecting this species –... Read More
at Monday, July 29, 2019

July is Wild about Wildlife Month

We’re always wild about wildlife, but now we have an excuse to talk about why all month long. Every year, July is dedicated to education about the work and progress toward the protection of wildlife around the world. For this year’s Wild about Wildlife Month, we’d like to kick it off by sharing some of our conservation successes over the past year. For more conservation stories, check out the rest of our Conservation Blog right here on our website. Puerto Rican... Read More
at Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Nesting season for the Jamaican iguana

The 2019 nesting season for the critically endangered Jamaican iguana has begun in the Hellshire Hills. Conservation Biologist, Dr. Stesha Pasachnik, works closely with local stakeholders to protect this species during this vital time. Like many other iguanas, this species buries its eggs in the ground. This process can take several days to complete and invasive predators such as cats often take advantage of the delicate time to depredate. In the pictures you can notice that the iguana has a... Read More
at Monday, May 27, 2019

Iguanas and Conservation Workshop

Participants from across the Caribbean and Central America attended the 2019 Iguanas and Conservation Workshop in Roatan, Honduras. Attendees were able to capture and tag 98 iguanas, which will feed into our long-term natural history study to monitor population fluctuations and threat impacts, as well as allow us to better understand the longevity of this species in the wild. Presentations focused on the reproductive biology of the species, dietary studies, and radio tracking and other... Read More
at Sunday, May 5, 2019

Fort Worth Zoo and partners secure grant for continued research

The Fort Worth Zoo is a longtime conservation partner of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Kew), and the National Parks Trust of the Virgin Islands (NPTVI) and together, the three organizations have made significant contributions to the critically endangered Anegada iguana population. Under Kew leadership, this partnership received a $353,7000 grant to continue the conservation work being done in the British Virgin Islands, including the island of Anegada. The Anegada iguana is considered a... Read More
at Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Texas Horned Lizard update!

Following the big release last fall , Texas Parks & Wildlife staff have observed a number of hatchlings settling into hibernation for the winter. This Dallas Morning News article has all the details, but we are thrilled to have received this news! Meanwhile, the Texas horned lizards at the Fort Worth Zoo are also hibernating until the spring breeding season begins.   Read More
Posted by Avery Elander at Friday, January 11, 2019

Puerto Rican crested toad tadpoles head south!

What's in the box? Earlier this fall, the Zoo sent 6,500 critically endangered Puerto Rican Crested Toad tadpoles to a protected release site in Puerto Rico! Zoo staff coordinates and manages a Puerto Rican Crested Toad conservation and breeding program, which releases tadpoles into the wild. The tadpoles will reside in a protected pond where they will grow into adulthood. Mesh paneling was in the process of being installed at the time the photo was taken. Zoo staff has... Read More
Posted by Avery Elander at Thursday, November 1, 2018

Texas horned lizard release 2018

In partnership with Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD), TCU, Dallas Zoo and San Antonio Zoo, 140 Texas horned lizard hatchlings were released into the wild at the Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area, west of Llano. We're proud to say that 94 of the little guys were hatched at the Fort Worth Zoo! The tiny lizards will be watched and studied under TPWD. Meanwhile back at the Zoo, the horned lizards are preparing to enter hibernation during the winter before breeding season... Read More
Posted by Avery Elander at Friday, September 7, 2018

Hurricane Irma and the Anegada Iguana

Fort Worth Zoo Conservation Biologist Kelly Bradley spends the majority of the year in Anegada, a small island in the British Virgin Islands, working to conserve the critically endangered Anegada iguana. Since the conservation program began in 1998 in partnership with the National Parks Trust of the Virgin Islands, Bradley and a team of fellow conservation biologists have created and maintained a headstart program for the endangered species. Providing a safe environment for juvenile iguanas to... Read More
at Wednesday, February 7, 2018