King Ranch

Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute

Caesar Kleberg was an avid hunter and an impassioned defender of wildlife.


When unregulated hunting in the early years of the 20th century decimated South Texas wild deer and turkey populations, Mr. Kleberg spearheaded the first efforts to create statewide hunting regulations to protect threatened wild game populations and their habitats. From his home on the Norias Division, Caesar Kleberg initiated the first wildlife habitat enhancement and management programs on King Ranch.

The Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute was established in 1981, and is one of the top programs of its kind in the United States. The institute’s state-of-the-art facilities are located on the campus of Texas A&M Kingsville, and draw researchers, educators and students from varied disciplines to study and research a wide range of wildlife-related topics. It is highly appropriate that this comprehensive wildlife research institute should bear the name of the sportsman’s sportsman – Caesar Kleberg.