Conservation Blog

Conservation Blog

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

Hurricane Harvey and the Texas Zoo

Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast in late August and brought heavy winds and rain, but most of the damage to the southern part of the state was sustained from severe flooding. Immediately after the storm had passed, a network of Texas zoos and aquariums launched emergency response efforts that included unaffected zoos and aquariums sending resources and manpower to those institutions in need. It was determined that our rescue materials and manpower would be needed in Victoria, Texas. On Aug.... Read More
at Thursday, February 1, 2018

Hurricane Maria and the Puerto Rican crested toad

The Puerto Rican crested toad, the only toad species native to Puerto Rico, is listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Fort Worth Zoo Curator of Ectotherms Diane Barber serves as the project coordinator for the Puerto Rican Crested Toad breeding program that maintains a healthy, self-sustaining population of this vulnerable species to help prevent its extinction. Hundreds of thousands of Puerto... Read More
at Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Fort Worth Zoo receives additional certification

The Fort Worth Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the Zoological Association of America (ZAA), and most recently in 2017, the American Humane Association (AHA).  Last year was the first year for the Zoo to receive the AHA certification. The AHA is the country’s first national humane organization and the world’s largest certifier of animal welfare and wellbeing. This certification is the first-ever program devoted to helping verify the humane... Read More
at Monday, January 1, 2018

Conserving species around the world

Since 1993, Zoo staff members have been instrumental in developing seven distinct non-profits dedicated to species conservation. The foundations capitalize on unique partnerships with corporations, universities, conservation centers, private individuals and other zoos. The results have been tremendous, providing more than $7 million to date for species conservation programs worldwide. Our foundations boast volunteer boards, few staff and minimal administrative overhead costs. As a result, funds... Read More
at Friday, December 1, 2017

Anegada iguana

Anegada iguana Fifteen years ago, the Anegada iguana conservation program was established to offset the mortality rate of young iguanas on the small island of Anegada in the British Virgin Islands. Since then, Fort Worth Zoo conservation biologists have made significant strides in the conservation of this species. These accomplishments include determining the optimal size and survivability of released headstarted animals, initiating a mark-and-recapture program, creating a secondary means of... Read More

Panama visit to celebrate the Panamanian golden frog!

Good conservation programs have strong community outreach programs to encourage local persons to care about their endemic species, but in the case of the Panamanian golden frog, the local community of El Valle de Anton, Panama LOVES their golden frog! In mid-August, the Fort Worth Zoo Assistant Curator of Ectotherms Vicky Poole, along with colleagues from the Maryland Zoo, Zoo Atlanta, and the Detroit Zoo were in El Valle to assist with the community celebrations for the national... Read More
at Monday, October 2, 2017

Chiricahua Leopard Frog work

The Chiricahua leopard frog ( Lithobates chiricahuensis ) is a threatened species found exclusively in isolated areas within Arizona, New Mexico and northern Mexico. The Fort Worth Zoo is one of two zoos working with this species and celebrated the first-ever successful Chiricahua leopard frog breeding. This is the first time this species has been bred in an entirely indoor environment. Thanks to the careful manipulation of environmental settings, three females laid eggs naturally without the... Read More
at Monday, October 2, 2017

Texas Horned Lizard work

Through a partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Christian University and a private landowner, the Fort Worth Zoo located the first reintroduction site that fits the environmental and habitat models needed for Texas horned lizard ( Phrynosoma cornutum ) survival. Horned lizards hatched at the Zoo have been released in the site at various ages and tracked to determine the most effective reintroduction methods. Although translocation projects have been attempted,... Read More
at Monday, October 2, 2017

Turks and Caicos Iguana work

The critically endangered Turks and Caicos iguana ( Cyclura carinata ) occupies less than five percent of its historic range due to increasing urban development and the introduction of mammalian predators. Fort Worth Zoo staff initiated a conservation project for this species by investigating on-island translocation methods. Since the project began, Zoo staff has been tracking iguanas’ movement patterns with radio transmitters and analyzing vitals on each iguana during both wet and dry... Read More
at Monday, October 2, 2017