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The Hellbender – A Journey in Saving a Declining Ozark Salamander

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 7:30 PM-9:00 PM

Conservation Conversations Series

Featured Speaker: Jeff Briggler, Ph.D., Herpetologist, Missouri Department of Conservation

Hellbenders are large, aquatic salamanders inhabiting cool, highly oxygenated, fast-flowing streams in the Ozark Highlands. Historically, hellbenders were abundant in these Ozark streams, but populations have experienced severe declines. Over the past decade, individuals from Federal and State agencies, academia, zoos, non-governmental organizations, and Missouri’s citizens have banded together to save this unique Ozark salamander. An overview of some recovery efforts will be briefly discussed from abnormalities and diseases to assessing water quality and sperm, as well as captive propagation efforts underway. Learn more about the amazing life history of the hellbender and other noteworthy highlights in a journey to save this species from extinction.

Photo credit: Missouri Department of Conservation

Location: Saint Louis Zoo Living World Auditorium. Parking is FREE in the Zoo North Lot.

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Adults, teachers, middle and high school students, and the general public are invited to attend. For more information call 314-646-4544 or 314-533-8586. Registration not required.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
7:30 PM-9:00 PM
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