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Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine is committed to providing our readers with informative and timely stories and news that feature the animals, people and land that make Texas so unique. While we all weather our current national crisis, some aspects of our customer and subscription services may not be up to our usual standards. We apologize in advance for any delays you may encounter in receiving your subscription, locating newsstand copies of our magazine, ordering back issues or making changes to your account. Editorial staff will assist you as quickly as possible while we telework from various locations throughout the state.

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Photos shot for the June issue

Expanded summer issue

Life in the time of COVID-19 is certainly not rosy for everyone. Like you, we've had to think on our feet. The shutdown affected our bottom line and that of our advertisers, as it did with so many in Texas, so we were faced with tough decisions. While other businesses take a pause, publications like ours will also be allowed some flexibility over the next few months.

Our expanded summer issue will be followed by our regularly scheduled October print edition, arriving in mid-September. Just a little hiccup, and we won't leave you stranded, friends. In fact, we're busier than ever, bringing you regular blog posts and Wanderlist podcasts twice a month. Our summer-long app special gives you access to a huge library of articles and this month we debut our summer photo contest, In the Wild Hood.

Whether you're staying at home or venturing carefully out, take care of yourself and our beautiful state.

The Changing Face of Zoos

Texas zoos lead vital conservation work and inspire us to join them.

On a cold and drizzly weekday afternoon at the Houston Zoo, zookeepers give elephants a drink from a hose and show visitors the zoo's three generations of giraffes: grandma, mom and baby. Behind a large, fenced-off section, workers busily construct the zoo's groundbreaking new South American Pantanal exhibit.

That same day, far beyond the zoo walls, employees carry out tasks less visible but increasingly important to the future of zoos: releasing egg strands of the endangered Houston toad into the wild and teaching elephant keepers in Thailand how to treat elephant herpes.

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The Wonder of Water

We bathe in it, play in it, fish in it and nourish our bodies with it. But water's not just a resource ⁠— it's a feeling. Something about water draws us in, with a force as irresistible as the moon's pull on the tides. Many of us can attest to water's power to reduce stress and bring joy, and now science backs up our instinctive feeling that being next to water makes us healthier and happier. With profound effects on health, creativity, empathy and emotion, water is a shortcut to happiness.

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Saved by Camping

Couple builds special family relationships by visiting all Texas state parks.

Sharon Roberto was wrung out. She was on the road again, making the 400-mile round trip trying to keep two of her foster kids together. Things weren't going as she'd hoped.

Suddenly her phone started pinging repeatedly, startling her. There had been several attempts to reach her while she was out of cell service. Panicked, she pulled over to the side of the road to find out what was wrong.

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Keep Texas Wild

It's not just for kids. If you like nature-related topics in an easy-to-read format, you can find three years of our popular Keep Texas Wild issues and the teacher resources to go along with them.

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