I am pleased to announce that Chiron K9, LLC has been awarded approval as a Geneva International Center for Humanitarian Demining consultant partner.
The GICHD has been a clearinghouse for information related to humanitarian demining for decades. I was fortunate to be an invited member of the Animal Detection Systems forum and attended the initial workshop at the GICHD in Geneva.
This partnership provides a fast-track for submission to invitations on consulting tasks.
The Need for Poop
Chiron K9 is assisting the San Antonio Zoo’s Texas Horned Lizard Reintroduction Project by training dog/s in field survey techniques to detect and alert to the presence of Texas Horned Lizard scat (poop), eggs, skin cast, and lizards.
The aim is to provide a fast and efficient method of field surveys to increase the accuracy of detection of the presence of Texas Horned Lizards. The canine teams will assist surveys by:
- Searching areas and determining if there is an existing Texas Horned Lizard population
- Searching areas to monitor released Texas horned Lizards ability to maintain population post-release
- To locate specimens for use in research/breeding program
WHY HELP US
The Texas Horned Lizard is the State Reptile, in one generation people have seen a reduction in sightings in communities. Take part in reversing the trend and let’s do our part to get the lizards back into all parts of Texas.
- Only collect Texas Horned Lizard Poop – See photos video for examples
- Do not touch samples – Use clean tweezers, plastic disposable gloves
- Use glass jar – Must be cleaned prior to use
- Store in fridge or freezer – Maintains freshness and preserves scent
- Do not touch/disturb Lizards
- Contact me once you have samples – Paul@Chiron-K9.com
- This is voluntary
Texas Horned Lizards Hatch at San Antonio Zoo
PUBLISHED 5:33 PM CT Jun. 24, 2019
SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Zoo is helping boost the numbers for one of Texas’ most beloved reptiles.
- Two dozen Texas horned lizards hatched at zoo
- Species has drastically disappeared from native habitat
- Zoo will reintroduce them into the wild
Last week two dozen Texas horned lizards hatched their way into the world.
“I like to think these guys are Texas’ most iconic reptile,” Kamryn Richard said.
Richard is a senior conservation tech at the Center for Conservation and Research at the San Antonio Zoo.
For two years, she and the team have been working to breed and preserve the state reptile of Texas.
“Lots of people that grew up in Texas refer to them as horny toads. They are actually lizards, but you can call them whatever you want as long as you love them,” she said.
Richard says this hatching is a major step forward for the Texas Horned Lizard Reintroduction Project. The now threatened species was once abundant in Texas, but have since drastically declined or disappeared altogether.
“Development as well as the introduction of fire ants which helped get rid of the native food these guys are used to, which is the Harvester Ants; so a whole range of factors, but mostly development,” she said.
When it comes to letting the lizards go into the wild, the center has a plan.
“So one of the ways we’ve come up with to actually track them after the fact is partnering with a dog trainer who is going to train the dogs to smell the lizards. We’re partnering with volunteers and hopefully rescue dogs. So we’re not looking for a specific breed or anything like that. It’s really whatever he sees as a good fit,” Richard said.
Once released, Richard says what the lizards bring to the table should also be a good fit.
“When landowners partner with us and they’re making changes to the landscape to help these guys, they’re also helping Quail and a bunch of other native species,” she said.