The Fresno Chaffee Zoo, Fresno State and the Department of Fish and Wildlife are joining forces in the effort.
Their mission is to protect and increase the amount of blunt-nosed leopard lizards.
The organizations are hatching 19 new baby lizards through a breeding program.
The species can only be found in Central California and play an important role in the local ecosystem.
The long-term goal is to release the lizards back to their native habitat.