Restricted Research - Award List, Note/Discussion Page

Fiscal Year: 2021

41  Texas A&M University-Kingsville  (84335)

Principal Investigator: Henke, S.

Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 24,600

Exceeds $250,000 (Is it flagged?): No

Start and End Dates: 1/1/21 - 12/31/24

Restricted Research: YES

Academic Discipline: Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research

Department, Center, School, or Institute: Agricultural Sciences

Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: Determination If Translocation Is A Viable Management Option for Texas Tortoises

Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity: Rob & Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation

Program Title: none


SAMS 1.1.1 Historically, the geographic distribution of Texas tortoises was located across the southern portion of Texas; however today, their abundance has declined and their distribution within their historical range has become sporadic. As of 1977, Texas tortoises are listed as a threatened species in Texas. Development in the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) has been rapid in the last half century. Conversion of large areas of native thorn scrub and coastal grasslands to agricultural, residential, and energy infrastructure land uses has occurred. Several liquified natural gas (LNG) terminals have developed in the LRGV and the companies are committed to translocation of Texas tortoises. However, it is unknown if Texas tortoises survive translocation . The proposed research will investigate if translocation can be considered a viable management option for Texas tortoises within developing areas.

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