New at the Zoo - May 2021

Zoo celebrates the world's first IVF Houston toads

Meet Uri and Viola! The Fort Worth Zoo and partners from Mississippi State University are celebrating the world’s first Houston toads produced via in vitro fertilization (IVF). The first two toads produced using frozen-thawed semen, Uri and Viola, are being reared at the Zoo and their siblings were released in Bastrop County, Texas.  They were named after the two Texas winter storms that the team endured while working on this important research. This is a huge conservation... Read More
at Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Jamaican rock iguana escapes extinction thanks to conservation efforts 

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species is a comprehensive database that records the health of the world’s biodiversity, including a tool that manages a list of species and their status in the wild. In an effort to raise awareness about some of the world’s rarest and endangered animals, Jon Paul Rodriguez, the chair of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission, has identified 10 critically endangered... Read More

Taking action to save the Texas freshwater mussels

Taking action to save the Texas freshwater mussels   In Texas, you may hear the world “mussel” and think “invasive species.” While it’s true there are some freshwater mussel species that are invasive to our Texas waters and native animals, there are several mussel species that are threatened, endangered and even now extinct. This massive decline in populations has conservationists and researchers concerned and taking swift action to better... Read More

More flamingo hatchings at the Fort Worth Zoo

We’re Seeing Pink!  The spring and summer months mark the middle of flamingo breeding season, and this year 44 chicks have hatched at the Zoo: 12 Chilean, 24 lesser, and 8 Caribbean – representing three of the four species housed at the Zoo. Both lesser and Chilean flamingos are listed as near threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Lesser flamingos are extremely difficult to breed in captivity and reproduce less than any other flamingo... Read More
at Wednesday, May 5, 2021