New at the Zoo - August 2015

Caribbean flamingo chicks hatch at the Zoo

In addition to the lesser flamingo chicks, 13 (and counting) Caribbean flamingo chicks hatched their way into the world this summer. These are the first Caribbean flamingo chicks for the Zoo in 2015 and the bird department has been successfully breeding Caribbean flamingos since 2005. In the wild, both parents help build a volcano-shaped nest where the female lays one egg; nests rarely contain two eggs and incubation lasts 28 days. Like the lesser flamingo chicks, these hatchlings are born with... Read More
Posted by Avery Elander at Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Lesser flamingos hatch at the Zoo

The Zoo boasts the most successful lesser flamingo breeding facility in the world and is celebrating more success with the hatching of 19 chicks. Several of these chicks have been hand-reared by the Zoo’s bird staff, which includes feeding a customized formula of egg, smelt, shrimp, water and vitamin and mineral supplements, and daily walks to make sure they get necessary exercise and that their legs develop properly. The hatchlings are born with downy, gray feathers that they will keep... Read More
Posted by Avery Elander at Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Another conservation achievement for the Zoo

The Zoo is celebrating another exciting conservation achievement with the hatching of 550 Chiricahua leopard frog tadpoles this spring. The Fort Worth Zoo was the very first to successfully breed this threatened frog species in a captive, indoor environment. In 2012, thanks to the careful manipulation of environmental settings within the Museum of Living Art (MOLA), three females laid eggs naturally without the use of hormones.  Since that first successful hatching, the Zoo has bred... Read More
Posted by Avery Elander at Sunday, August 16, 2015

Eleven Roseate spoonbills hatched at the Zoo

The arrival of these brightly colored birds is nothing new for the Fort Worth Zoo; the bird department has been successfully breeding the roseate spoonbill since 1967, one of the longest-standing roseate spoonbill breeding programs in the world. The chicks are all hand-reared by bird staff and fed a specially customized formula made of egg, vitamins, minerals and other components of the bird’s natural diet. Roseate spoonbills were over-harvested to the extent that by 1890, all Texas... Read More
Posted by Avery Elander at Sunday, August 16, 2015

Spot-tailed earless lizards hatched!

It has been a successful year for the breeding of the Texas native spot-tailed earless lizard, specifically subspecies plateau earless lizards ( Holbrookia lacerata lacerate ) and southern earless lizards (Holbrookia lacerate subcaudalis). While not endangered, spot-tailed earless lizard populations have been declining in Texas since the 1970s and are only found in a small fraction of areas throughout their historic range. The greatest threat to the species’ survival is the use of... Read More
Posted by Avery Elander at Saturday, August 15, 2015