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The new Kingsville City Hall (formerly Henrietta M. King High School, built in 1909).

HIGHLIGHTS: A brief history of the 1909 building by Cynthia Martin, Preservation Officer for the City of Kingsville and a tour of the new City Hall led by Toni Nagel Mason, Director, King Ranch Visitor Services Program & Chairman, 1909 HM King High Fundraising Committee and Dave Mason, Purchasing Director for the City of Kingsville.

National Natural Toxins Research Center (NTRC) – Located on the Texas A&M University-Kingsville campus, this Center was established in March 2000 to provide global research, training, and resources that will lead to the discovery of medically important toxins found in snake venom.  Utilizing an assortment of modern analytical equipment, NTRC researchers are involved in the investigative study and characterization of snake venoms and toxins.

NTRC Serpentarium – The NTRC John C. Perez Serpentarium is located on West Corral Avenue near the University. Housing the largest collection of venomous snakes for research purposes in the United States, the Serpentarium was constructed in 2009. Able to hold over 600 snakes, the building has individual temperature controls for the animal rooms to stimulate the natural habitats of the various species, a lab for processing and storing venom, professionally designed displays to exhibit some of the snakes in approximations of their natural habitats and a low-temperature room to allow the snakes to hibernate.

Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute – Located directly across the street from the Serpentarium, at 1730 West Corral Avenue, is the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute.  The Institute is in the Tio & Janell Kleberg Wildlife Research Park.  Its mission is to provide science-based information for enhancing the conservation and management of wildlife in South Texas and related environment.

Special thanks to Pat Allison, Toni Nagel Mason, Leo Alarcon and Marlett Bahn for making this day possible.