How Zoos Around the State are Teaming Up to Help Horned Frogs

Zoos and the TPWD (and TCU, of course) look to revive the threatened species. And you can help too.

While Horned Frog sports is living it up, actual horned lizards are dying — sadly, but it’s the truth, as the creatures are listed as a threatened species by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. But there’s hope: The TPWD has been working with the Fort Worth Zoo, Dallas Zoo and, most recently, the San Antonio Zoo to breed horned lizards in captivity and release them into the wild. TCU is in on the program, too, analyzing lizard genetics to determine the appropriate regions to release each one. TCU biology professor Dean Williams says it’s still too early to measure the success of the program; the goal is to reestablish a population of horned lizards that breeds on its own. Fort Worthians can help in the effort by purchasing a Horned Lizard license plate from the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles — $22 of the $30 fee goes toward the program.