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From Headstart to Release: Texas Horned Lizards Return to Tinker Air Force Base

  The Texas horned lizard is an iconic reptile species in Oklahoma. Once common in the state, these lizards have experienced population declines since the 1960s, resulting in their listing as a species of special concern in Oklahoma. Threats to this species include habitat loss, the spread of invasive red imported fire ants, loss of their primary food source (harvester ants) and overcollection for the pet trade, particularly in the early and mid-1900s. Funded by the National... Read More
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Conservation Success Stories: Providing Texas Horned Lizards a Head Start

Here at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, we believe in the importance of conserving the world’s wildlife and wild places. In 2020, the Zoo raised over $220,000 to benefit local and global conservation efforts as part of its Round Up for Conservation initiative. Through individual guest contributions, Round Up for Conservation funds helped cultivate 10 conservation success stories in 2020. Of those ten, one success story focuses on Oklahoma's beloved lizard,... Read More
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Providing Texas Horned Lizards Populations, a Headstart

The Texas horned lizard, an iconic reptile species in Oklahoma, has been experiencing population declines since the 1960s. Threats to this species include overcollection for the pet trade, particularly in the early- and mid-1900s, the spread of invasive red imported fire ants, loss of their primary food source, harvester ants, and habitat loss. Since 2003, scientists have been studying a particular population of these remarkable lizards on Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma,... Read More
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National Science Foundation-Funded Study Underway at Lizard Lab

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is partnering with the Sam Noble Museum at the University of Oklahoma to help save one of the state’s most iconic species: the horny toad. Formally known as the Texas horned lizard, this species – once a common sight across much of the state – has become increasingly rare as its habitat has been lost and fragmented due to urbanization and other factors. A National Science Foundation-funded study underway at the OKC... Read More
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