Raising horned lizards at an Air Force base

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Thirty-four young horned lizards, hatched from eggs collected at Tinker Air Force Base in 2019 and 2020, are being raised at the Oklahoma City Zoo as part of a National Science Foundation-funded study in which researchers monitor their growth, collect stool samples and study their gut bacteria to understand how human care affects them and their ability to survive in the wild. Once past their most vulnerable life stages, they’ll be released at the base, where researchers have used radio telemetry to track more than 1,000 lizards since 2003, studying their movement, health, reproduction and survival rate.

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