The Saint Louis Zoo presents the 2013 Conservation Conversation Lecture Series. Adults, teachers, middle and high school students, and the general public are invited to attend these no-cost lectures on topical issues in science held at the Zoo.
The Hellbender – A Journey in Saving a Declining Ozark Salamander
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
7:30 - 9 p.m.
Admission is free
Dr. Jeff Briggler, Herpetologist, Missouri Department of Conservation
Hellbenders are large, aquatic salamander 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 organization, 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.
Lectures are held in The Living World Building at the North Entrance of the Saint Louis Zoo. Reservations are not necessary. Admission is free. For additional information, call (314) 646-4544.