The first results of a biodiversity study at the Wuest Ranch — home to Natural Bridge Caverns — are in, and environmental experts say they highlight the need for Hill Country habitat protections.

The yearlong effort by the Wuest family and Blackland Environmental identified 10 species of frogs and nine species of bats living on the land surrounding Natural Bridge Caverns, showcasing how important it is to protect Hill Country habitats, as they support a wide variety of species, said Jeremiah McKinney, wildlife biologist and operating manager of Blackland Environmental.

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