The Southern Plains Land Trust (SPLT) seeks to expand the Heartland Ranch Nature Preserve to 43,000 acres by 2024. This will enable restoration of bison and the endangered, endemic black-footed ferret in the region, as well as the conservation of other prairie species such as black-tailed prairie dog, burrowing owl, swift fox, and a myriad of endemic grassland breeding birds.
SPLT’s effort to restore the American Serengeti stands out as a singular effort in the southern Great Plains. No other organization is establishing wildlife refuges on such a large scale in the region. The establishment of Heartland Ranch Nature Preserve in 2015 and its subsequent expansion is a remarkable opportunity to protect uniquely North American flora and fauna native to the area.