Attwater Prairie Chicken
National Wildlife Refuge - Texas
Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge encompasses one of the largest remnants of coastal prairie habitat in southeast Texas. It is home to one of the last populations of the critically endangered Attwater's prairie chicken, a ground-dwelling grouse of the coastal prairie ecosystem. Many of the Attwater's prairie chickens in the refuge are hatched at captive breeding programs at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Texas A&M University, SeaWorld San Antonio, Abilene Zoo, Caldwell Zoo, Houston Zoo, and San Antonio Zoo. Over 250 species of birds in addition to the Attwater's prairie chicken have been observed in the refuge. Mammals in the refuge include plains bison, thirteen-lined ground squirrel, bobcats, coyotes, nine-banded armadillo, and white-tailed deer. American alligators share the ponds with softshell turtles. American bullfrog and upland chorus frog calls are heard in the refuge.
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