Lufkin OKs hiring Pine snake specialist, expert will focus on saving species

Lufkin OKs hiring Pine snake specialist, expert will focus on saving species

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Lufkin City Council unanimously approved a measure to hire an employee at the Ellen Trout Zoo solely dedicated to oversee a breeding program for the Louisiana Pine snake.

In March, the zoo began a breeding program for the Louisiana Pine Snake, which hasn’t been found in Texas since 2007.

The zoo is continuing its efforts to save the species, and is trying to bring in additional staff to help in the process.

The zoo was provided funds by the U.S. Forest Service in order to hire a dedicated keeper for the Louisiana Pine Snake.

According to Ellen Trout Zoo director Gordon Henley, the position would allow zookeepers to focus on the other animals in their exhibits, while also providing much needed attention to the endangered snake species.

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