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Could the Mexican Gray Wolf – Source of Fascination and Hostility – Return to the West Texas Wilds?

Lobo – the wolf. From Monahans to El Paso, the words are inscribed into West Texas – in place names, in team mascots. But the reality they evoke is almost unimaginable – that lobos, gray wolves, once roamed this land. … Continue reading

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The Texas Hornshell Mussel: An Endangered “Engineer” of an Endangered River System

It’s a member of one of the most endangered groups of animals in the United States, and its home is one of the most imperiled river systems in the world. The Texas hornshell mussel is native to the Rio Grande … Continue reading

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El Paso Zoo Connects Urban West Texans to the Desert Ecosystem

Paul Simon put it together in 1967: “Something tells me it’s all happening at the zoo.” The El Paso Zoo is one of the most popular attractions in Texas’ desert-mountain city. More than 300,000 people visit each year. They see … Continue reading

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The Gray-Banded Kingsnake: Alpine’s Dennie Miller Wrote the “Bible” of a Secretive West Texas Native

Say “snake” and “West Texas” – and the mind buzzes with the image of a certain venomous character. But rattlers are hardly the full picture. Our region’s truly distinctive snakes are less fearsome, but more striking. The gray-banded kingsnake is … Continue reading

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Pulse of the Desert Plains: Tracking Grassland Birds on the Marfa Plateau

It’s dawn in late January, near Marfa, and the grasslands on Mimms Ranch are radiant, swaying like a thick, golden mane in the sporadic breeze. Across the plateau treks a 20-person team – scientists, birders, volunteers. A pair holding radio … Continue reading

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