New at the Zoo - Conservation

Category: Conservation

Texas horned lizard hatchling release marks milestone to save state reptile

On Sept. 16, the Zoo, Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. (TPWD) along with Dallas Zoo and Caldwell Zoo released 204 captive-raised hatchlings into the wild (100 of which hatched at the Fort Worth Zoo). Last week, the Zoo also celebrated a major conservation milestone: the successful hatching of its 1,000th Texas horned lizard! In 2011, the Fort Worth Zoo developed and perfected the breeding and husbandry protocols required to successfully breed and care for Texas horned lizards in managed... Read More
at Friday, September 17, 2021

Remember Olaf, the IVF toad? He's a dad!

Olaf is the world's first Puerta Rican crested toad hatched from in-vitro fertilization (IVF) utilizing frozen semen collected from the wild. and two years later, Olaf is a father! To 5095 tadpoles to be exact. The Zoo will be keeping 10 of these offspring to continue breeding genetically diverse Puerto Rican crested toads for future reintroduction, and the remaining 5,085 (along with an additional 3,759 tadpoles hatched at the Zoo) were released in June at the protected site back... Read More
at Wednesday, September 1, 2021

First Successful Barton Springs Salamander Hatchlings

This extremely small species is rare to find in zoo collections. The first successful breeding at the Fort Worth Zoo resulted in 30 salamander hatchlings from 2019 and 2020. This species serves as part of a refugia population, meaning it was once a more widespread species that is now only supported in an isolated location. This is often due to climate change, geography or human activities. The Barton Springs salamander has one of the smallest geographical areas of any vertebrate... Read More
at Thursday, July 29, 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