Texans share their state with a great diversity of animals, from tiny insects to large mammals. On our wildlife page, you can find wildlife magazine articles, wildlife videos and other wildlife resources.
From Our Pages: Wildlife Articles
After years of improving numbers, Kemp’s ridleys are on the decline again. read more
Monarch monitoring show their migration's in trouble. read more
Researchers are studying wildcats in the Fort Worth area. read more
Can we eat our way out of the latest invasive problem? read more
Citizen scientists play a role in conservation by reporting wildlife sightings. read more
Texans "raise the barn" together to protect native animals. read more
America’s "other wolf" was reintroduced to the wild after a last-ditch roundup in Texas. read more
A Kemp’s ridley turtle returns home after an unexpected detour to Europe. read more
Wildscaping can turn your lawn into a beautiful home for wildlife. read more
Federal program has played an essential role in wildlife restoration for 75 years. read more
Living harmoniously with animals in the city. read more
Large and adorably fuzzy, these important pollinators help produce a bounty of Texas foods. read more
Dedicated volunteers continue to fight serious threats to Gulf populations. read more
Biologists harness weather technology to unlock the secret lives of birds, bats and bugs. read more
Alligators survive and thrive in Texas wetlands. read more
At wildlife rehab centers across the state, injured animals get a second chance. read more
Though I’d read about the fence and seen photos, seeing the border wall with my own eyes bordered on the surreal. While news coverage in the past few years has focused on the wall’s human-related purpose and impacts, little has been communicated about what effects the border fence might have on wildlife, land management practices and ecotourism in one of the state’s most impoverished regions. read more
That rotting stump in your yard could be a critter condo. read more
With the help of TPWD and partners, desert bighorn sheep are being restored to the mountains of West Texas. read more
The animals, descendants of Charles Goodnight's famous herd, are undergoing changes at Caprock Canyons. read more
The Houston toad is endangered, but a zoo's "head start" program could help it make a comeback. read more
Tales of mysterious creatures abound in the land of chupacabras. read more
These fleet plains animals have been hit by sharp declines in numbers, and biologists are on the lookout for a culprit. read more
An explosion in the feral hog population causes problems on ranches and in suburbia. read more
Of all the critters that skitter in Texas, nothing makes the heart race faster than the slithering kind. But if you see a snake, it's best not to overreact. read more
If you aim to collect 40,000 specimens, it helps to be "buggy" over beetles. read more
Until recently, not many people knew that whale sharks, the world's largest fish, ventured into the northern Gulf of Mexico. read more
The ocelot, a midsized wild cat covered in spots and streaks, once roamed the southern states of America, including Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and Arizona. From here, their historic range extended into South America. But over the last century, the U.S. population has been dramatically reduced, and now the cats, along with their natural habitat, have reached a tipping point. read more
Misunderstood and maligned by many, tarantulas — like bats, scorpions and snakes — often get a bum rap. Despite their fearsome looks, tarantulas are gentle giants, reclusive by nature, harmless to humans and an essential part of our ecosystem. read more
Despite wind energy's positive traits, the state's lack of regulations is having unknown repercussions on its wildlife. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department manages the state's fish and wildlife resources but has no formal regulatory authority over development projects. As a result, the agency must encourage wind developers to embrace voluntary siting guidelines in order to attenuate possible impacts to wildlife. read more
creature feature: a look at Texas animal species
Wildlife on TPWD video
Running With the Bison at Caprock Canyons
Get up close and personal with the official Texas State Bison Herd.
Bighorn Sheep Restoration
Desert bighorns are reintroduced into Big Bend Ranch State Park.
The ocelot is a beautiful but endangered wild cat. In South Texas, these cats are fighting for survival, and researchers are trying to help.
Pronghorn antelope populations have experienced a sharp decline in the Big Bend region, and scientists aren't sure why.