San Antonio Zoo’s unwavering dedication to the conservation of wildlife has led them to establish their Texas Horned Lizard Reintroduction Project. The Texas horned lizard was once abundant across the western two-thirds of Texas. Since the late 1960s, horned lizard populations have declined or disappeared in many areas due to multiple factors. This species was added to the state list of threatened species in 1977 and was adopted as the Texas state reptile in 1993. Many Texans have fond memories of the Texas horned lizard from their childhoods and wish to see the species return to its former abundance. SA Zoo identified that suitable habitat exists across the state where zoo-hatched lizards could be reintroduced to establish wild populations. Many private landowners, working alongside SA Zoo biologists, are implementing landscape management practices that benefit the Texas horned lizard, native plant communities, and wildlife, improving Texas’s overall biodiversity and resilience. By re-establishing lizard populations as part of a healthy native ecosystem, the San Antonio Zoo plans to promote awareness, appreciation, and support for native biodiversity for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.
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