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The Forest Sculpture Trails is an artistic and enlightening permanent outdoor exhibit for children and adults. Awareness and appreciation of our flora and fauna will help shape the next 100 years in the Rio Grande Valley.

We celebrate and THANK our sculpture sponsors for helping to tell the story of the special creatures that call South Texas their home.

If you are interested in sponsoring a sculpture please view click here to view opportunities. You may also contact any Quinta Mazatlan Board Member or Manager, Colleen Hook at 681-3370,

Begin your Walk at the Archway Entrance to the Wooded Meadow and enjoy a short half-mile walk through the Thornforest.


Canis latrans

Modern coyotes have displayed their cleverness by adapting to the changing American landscapes. Coyotes are formidable in the field where they enjoy keen vision and a strong sense of smell. They can run up to 40 miles an hour. In the fall and winter, they form packs for more effective hunting.

Size: Head & Body 32 - 37 in, Tail 16 in Weight: 25 to 50 pounds


Melanis pixe

It is the City of McAllen Butterfly. 1st Stage EGG: The eggs are laid on the leaves of a Guamuchil tree, followed by… 2nd Stage CATERPILLAR (Larva): When the eggs hatch, the caterpillar will eat the leaf it was born onto. 3rd Stage CHRYSALIS (Pupa): After growing, the caterpillar forms itself into a pupa, this is a resting stage. 4th Stage BUTTERFLY: Now the spectacular pixie butterfly will emerge. It feeds on the nectar from the flowers of the Lantana plant.

Wingspan: 2”

In honor of Marcella and Daniella Edwards


Odocoileus virginianus

Deer spend their summers grazing in the meadows and move into the forests during winter for protection from the elements. Male deer, called bucks, have large antlers which fall off in the springtime and grow back annually. The deer is an herbivore, plant eater.

Tall: 3 ½’ tall Weight: Up to 200 pounds

In memory of Neal P. King


Parabuteo unicinctus

These social birds hunt cooperatively. They were named by John James Audubon to honor his friend Edward Harris.

Length: 20” Wingspan: 4 feet

Sponsored by FROST BANK


Icterus gularis

Largest oriole in the United States, it makes the largest nest of our North American birds. The female constructs a hanging nest of grasses and plant fibers up to 25” long. Favorite nesting tree is the tall Tepeguaje. The bright orange bird has a black bib and the sexes look alike. Ike-ike-ike

Length: 10” Wingspan: 14”

Gifted by Alice G.K.K. East & Family


Lepus californicus

Their long ears and powerful rear legs are typical of hares. By running up to 36 mph, they can escape predators. A vegetarian enjoying shrubs in the desert, their ears help regulate their body temperature.

Length: 18-25 inches Weight: 3-6 pounds

In Honor of James H. Baldridge-A man quick to aid his fellowman with a smile, a joke and a helping hand.


Melanerpes aurifrons

The bird nests in a cavity in a dead tree; the male begins excavation in several locations and the female selects the site. Their beak is a chisel effective in cutting into trees. They are omnivores, eating insects, fruits, nuts and seeds. The "golden front" refers to a small yellow patch above the bill. kek-kek-kek

Length 9.5" Wingspan 17"

Gifted by McCreery Aviation Co., Inc.


Panthera onca

The Jaguar is the largest of the spotted American cats and inhabits forests. This elegant cat enjoys swimming. It is unlikely that this cat occurs in Texas although it makes rare visits to Texas through Mexico. This carnivore preys on large mammals. It plays an important role in stabilizing ecosystems by preventing over population of the animals it hunts.

Length: 4-6' Weight: 200-350 pounds

Gifted by OXY, Inc


Leopardus pardalis

This cat has been hunted for its fur. In combination with habitat destruction it has become an endangered species.

Size: 28 to 35” Weight: 24 to 35 lbs.

Sponsored by Glynn Andrews Family Foundation


Herpailurus yagouaroundi

This dark gray cat is native to South America. It is an expert climber and swimmer. The cat hunts birds, small mammals, reptiles and fish. The clearing of brushlands destroys its habitat and it is now endangered.

Length: 30” body, 20” tail Weight: 12-18 pounds

Gifted by Rio Bank


Leopardus wiedii

Margay (Tigrillo in Spanish) inhabit forests northward from Argentina to south Texas. The wild cat lives in the tree canopies of the forest. They have flexible ankle joints which enable them to rotate their hind legs 180 degrees. The Margay is the only cat that can run head first down trees! Large eyes aid in its nighttime vision for hunting. The cat ranged over South Texas a few thousand years ago, but hasn’t been seen in over 100 years.

Length: 26" Tail: 16" Weight: 15-20 pounds

Gifted by Esther and Raymond Jenkins in loving memory of their parents


Felis concolor

This cat is found from Canada to South America, and is also known as cougar, panther, or puma. They are solitary animals active in the mornings and evenings. They are carnivores preying on deer, javelinas, coyotes and small mammals. Males do not tolerate other males in their home range of 80 to 200 square miles.

Length: 3-4’ body, 2-3’ tail Weight: 170 pounds

Gifted by Dr. Bill and Evy Gillum


Lynx rufus

This cat is highly adaptable and shows an ability to coexist with human settlements. Its food consists mainly of small mammals and birds. The bobcat is named for its short tail, appearing to be bobbed. They are excellent hunters, stalking prey with stealth and patience, then with one great leap, striking down their prey.

Length: 3' body Weight: 15-30 pounds Litter size: 1 to 6 kittens

Gifted by Border Capital Bank


Tayassu tajacu

Though some people think they are wild pigs, they are actually members of the peccary family, a group of hoofed mammals originating from South America. They form herds of 2 to 20 and rely on each other to defend territory and interact socially. Javelina are active at night and are mainly herbivores, eating plants. The young are born from November to March and average a litter of two. Newborns are reddish-brown and called “reds”.

Height: 19" Weight: 40-60 pounds

Gifted by Don King and Family


Gopherus berlandieri

Active by day during warm weather, they rest in burrows underground. The reptile feeds on the fruit of the Prickly Pear and other cacti. It is a threatened species.

Length: 8 ½ inches

In Honor of Lynn F. Jones-A true gentleman who always took slow, deliberate steps to finish in the lead to serve his family or friend in need.


Ortalis vetula

This entertaining bird is named for its loud cha-cha-la-ca call, most commonly heard in the morning and frequently during spring breeding season. They feed in flocks of 4 to 6 and tend to choose ripe fruit. The mother hen lays 2 eggs in loose nests constructed in tree limb forks. The young can fly short distances within a week of hatching.

Length: 21" Weight: 10-24 oz

Gifted by Susie & Bill Robertson and Kay Jancik in loving memory of Joan & John Jancik


Phrynosoma cornutum

Horny Toads spend their time heating their bodies in sunlight and eating ants. Their defense mechanism is to flatten out their bodies and just freeze. They have ducts near their eyes to squirt blood at predators. The lizards dig for hibernation and nesting in sandy soils. A threatened species in Texas!

Length: 3-4”

Gifted by Palmer Steel Supplies, Inc.


Drymarchon melanurus erebennus

This beautiful black snake is non-venomous and harmless to humans. They eat venomous snakes that are harmful to humans such as rattlesnakes. They den up in burrows and holes left by other animals and nature. They are true “friends” to humanity. They often will raise and shake their tails even though they do not have rattles. This snake is a threatened species and should be protected by us.

Length: 6-8' Weight: 5-6 pounds

Sponsored by the Citizens of McAllen


Atta acromyrmex

These ants are the only animals (beside humans) that take fresh plant matter and cultivate their own food from it. Their large nests are architectural marvels containing up to 8 million ants.

Sponsored by Dr. & Mrs. Roger Vitko


Chloroceryle americana

This bird has green under parts and crown. A white collar separates the head from a red breast. In order to hunt, the bird perches close to the water and dives for its catch. Only one brood is laid each year in a burrow nest, containing 2-6 eggs. Tic-tic Tic-tic

Size: 8-9” Wingspan: 12”

Gifted by Gayle and Neal Runnels


Ardea herodias

Largest North American heron has blue-gray feathers with a yellow bill. It uses its long legs to wade in shallow water and spears fish and frogs with its sharp bill. It breeds in colonies, in trees close to wetlands. Rok-rok-rok

Height: 3-4’ Wingspan: 6’

Gifted by International Bank



Dragonflies begin their life in water, and because of their brief lifespan, about a month, you will usually see them near water. Their huge eyes help them hunt for bugs. Despite having 6 legs, they can’t walk well but use their legs for catching insects. They are fast flying insects reaching speeds of over 30 miles per hour!

Wingspan: 4"

Gifted by Ann & Jerry Greenfield


Amazilia yucatanensis

The male and female have a metallic green back and breast with a buff belly. The long red bill has a black tip. They prefer small, red, nectar-rich flowers like the Turk’s Cap. Nests are built in low bushes.

Length: 3.75 inches

In Honor of Deanna Jones Box- A lovely lady always gathering and sharing sweet messages to those in need.


Bubo virginianus

The two things sticking up from the head are tufts of feathers, Plumicorns. They are not horns or ears. Other than blinking they cannot move their eyes. Owls have 14 flexible neck bones and can turn their head in almost a full circle. Humans have 7 neck bones. At night owls can see 100 times better than people. Hoo H’hoos

Gifted by Joyce and Frank Smith


Tadarida brasiliensis

Bats are the only mammal that can fly. Baby bats are called pups and learn to fly when they are one month old. At one year, a pup is all grown up! Bats live in homes called roosts and prefer caves but also live under bridges and buildings. Bats are helpful because they eat insects, pollinate flowers and spread seeds. A bat eats 1/3 its body weight in insects every night. Speedsters of the bat world, they can fly 60 miles per hour.

Weight: 0.4 oz Wingspan: 12"

Gifted by Kreidler Family



Opossums have prehensile tails. Their semi-prehensile tails are not strong enough to support a mature adult's weight. Instead, the opossum uses its tail as a brace and a fifth limb when climbing. The tail is occasionally used as a grip to carry bunches of leaves or bedding materials to the nest. Females opossums often give birth to very large numbers of young, most of which fail to attach to a teat, although as many as thirteen young can attach.

Size: 2.5 feet Weight: 9- 13 pounds

Gifted by Wanda Boush


Megascops asio

Trees define the Eastern Screech Owl's habitat. This owl is fairly common in most types of woods particulary near water. The female doesn't hunt while on the nest; she and the chicks depend on food brought them by the male. Though the male is smaller, his voice is deeper than the female's. This owl is agile enough to occasionally prey on bats and can rarely even be cannibalistic. When prey is plentiful, Eastern Screech Owls cache extra food in tree holes for as long as four days.

Size: Males 6-9", Females 7-9" Weight: Males 6 oz, Females 7 oz

Gifted by John and Becky Gerling



Armadillos have very poor eyesight, and use their keen sense of smell to hunt for food. They use their claws for digging and finding food, as well as for making their homes in burrows. The armour is formed by plates of dermal bone covered in relatively small, overlapping epidermal scales called scutes, composed of bone with a covering of horn. This armour-like skin appears to be the main defense of many armadillos, although most escapes predators by fleeing or digging to safety.

Size: 5 - 59" Weight: 15 oz - 120 pounds


Apalone ferox

They are called "softshell" because of their carapaces lack horny scutes (scales). Many must be submerged in order to swallow their food. Most are strict carnivores, with diets consisting mainly of fish, aquatic crustaceans, snails, amphibians, and sometimes birds and small mammals. They have elongated, soft snorkel-like nostrils. Their necks are disproportionately long in comparison to their body sizes, enabling them to breathe surface air while their bodies remain submerged in the substrate (mud or sand) a foot or more below the surface.

Length: 12" - 2 feet


Amazilia yucatanensis

Nesting season extends at least from April to August. Nest site is usually in large shrub or small deciduous tree, such as hackberry or Texas ebony, usually only a few feet above the ground. Nest (built by female) is a cup of plant fibers, stems, shreds of bark, spider webs, lined with plant down. The outside is camouflaged with bits of lichen, flower petals.

Length: 3.9 - 4.3" Weight: 0.1 oz Wingspan: 5.5"



Archaeopteryx lived in the Late Jurassic around 150 million years ago, in what is now southern Germany during a time when Europe was an archipelago of islands in a shallow warm tropical seas, much closer to the equator than it is now. The latitude was similar to Florida, though the climate was likely to have been drier, as evidenced by fossils of plants with adaptations for arid conditions and a lack of terrestrial sediments characteristic of rivers. Evidence of plants, although scarce, include cycads and conifers while animals found include a large number of insects small lizards.

Length: 1 ft beak to tail Wingspan: 1.5 ft Weight: 11 - 18 oz

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