Albert and Margaret Alkek Ungulate Research Facility

The 5.25 acre Albert and Margaret Alkek Ungulate Research Facility is located in the northwest corner of the Tio & Janell Kleberg Wildlife Research Park.  This facility is used for studies of ungulates, that is “hoofed animals”, specifically white-tailed deer, feral pigs, collared peccary, and nilgai antelope. Construction on the Ungulate Research Facility began in fall 2005 and was completed during the winter of 2006.

The Albert and Margaret Alkek Ungulate Research Facility consists of three, 1-acre pens to house deer when they are not being used in research, three 0.2 acre pens for behavioral and other research, and eighteen 15 x 30 foot pens for long term nutritional research. A large, 4,500 square foot barn contains a laboratory, a feed preparation area, animal handling facilities, and several small pens for highly controlled nutritional and physiological studies. 

Research

The Albert and Margaret Alkek Ungulate Research Facility will enable scientists at the Institute to conduct the highly specialized research needed to address the needs of landowners and wildlife managers in southern Texas and throughout North America. The facility will be used to conduct research into ungulate foraging and nutrition, reproduction, behavior, thermoregulation, and disease.

Current Research Projects

  • Evaluation of the effects of heat on deer growth and production
  • Collaborative study with the Baylor College of Medicine on using antlers as a model of human bone growth, physiology, and disease
  • Background studies to support use of stable isotopes in deer research
  • Various studies of supplemental feed systems