St. Louis Zoo Breeding Of Hellbenders Pays Off

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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KPLR) – It’s a first at the St. Louis Zoo, for the first time ever, all three river populations of Ozark Hellbenders have reproduced in captivity.  It’s only the second time the endangered salamanders have been bred in captivity.

That list includes the populations that inhabit the Current River, the north fork of the White River and the Eleven Point River.

The zoo has been maintaining indoor habitats similar to what nature has to offer for eight years.

The importance of this effort lies in the fact that salamanders are a good indicator of the environment we live in.