TCU Biologists Helping to Protect the Horned Frog

Once seen scrambling in many Texas backyards, horned lizard numbers have been dwindling in recent years and are currently listed as “threatened” in the state. A partnership between TCU’s biologists, the Fort Worth Zoo and Texas Parks and Wildlife officials are working together to save the lizard that is TCU’s official mascot. Through an elaborate breeding program created at the Fort Worth Zoo (think Tinder for toads), the lizards are matched and mated and hatchlings are released into the wild.

photo of baby horned lizard

Baby Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum) at the Fort Worth Zoo. (Photo by Linda Kaye, September 2006)

Read more in Charles Scudder’s story in the Dallas Morning News.