hellbender http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Political Battle Over Ozark National Park Heats Up http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/political-battle-over-ozark-national-park-heats <p style="margin-right: 0in; margin-left: 0in; font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman', serif; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); margin-bottom: 0.2in; line-height: 15.75pt;"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">(Updated at 3:39 p.m., February 20)</strong></em></p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 00:03:30 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 33676 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Political Battle Over Ozark National Park Heats Up More 'Baby Giants' Arrive At The Saint Louis Zoo http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/more-baby-giants-arrive-saint-louis-zoo <p>The Saint Louis Zoo once again is teeming with baby giant salamanders.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/01/05/144335946/zoo-crafts-love-nest-to-save-ozarks-salamanders">For the second year in a row</a>, the zoo has successfully bred endangered Ozark hellbenders in captivity.</p><p>This time, a total of eight females laid 2,809 fertile eggs. Two-hundred and fourteen salamander larvae have hatched so far, with many more expected.</p><p>Even though the salamanders are smaller than a quarter when they first hatch, as adults they can reach lengths of up to two feet.</p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 15:42:26 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 5991 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org More 'Baby Giants' Arrive At The Saint Louis Zoo Endangered hellbender salamander inspires song http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/endangered-hellbender-salamander-inspires-song <p>You may remember <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/zoo-crafts-love-nest-save-ozarks-salamanders">our story</a> about the St. Louis Zoo successfully breeding an endangered giant salamander. Now the hellbender is being honored in song:</p><p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1010055.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1010055.mp3</a></p> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 19:16:44 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 3540 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Endangered hellbender salamander inspires song Zoo Crafts Love Nest To Save Ozark's Salamanders http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/zoo-crafts-love-nest-save-ozarks-salamanders It's flat. It's slimy. And it hides under rocks on the river bottom. It's the Ozark hellbender, and at up to two feet in length, it's one of the world's largest salamanders.<p>But Ozark hellbenders are disappearing: Fewer than 600 are left in the rivers of southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. Scientists have been making a huge effort to get them to breed in captivity. Thu, 05 Jan 2012 22:18:00 +0000 3444 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Zoo Crafts Love Nest To Save Ozark's Salamanders Breeding program at St. Louis Zoo gives hope for giant Ozark salamander http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/breeding-program-st-louis-zoo-gives-hope-giant-ozark-salamander <p>For the first time ever, an endangered amphibian found only in a few Missouri and Arkansas counties has been successfully bred in captivity.</p><p>Officials with the St. Louis Zoo and Missouri Department of Conservation said Wednesday that 63 Ozark hellbenders have been bred at the zoo. The first hatched on Nov. 15, and an additional 120 eggs are expected to hatch within the next week.</p><p>The breeding is the result of a decade-long collaboration of the zoo and the conservation department.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 30 Nov 2011 17:25:04 +0000 The Associated Press & Bill Raack 2576 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Breeding program at St. Louis Zoo gives hope for giant Ozark salamander Giant Ozark salamander now officially endangered http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/giant-ozark-salamander-now-officially-endangered <p>The <a href="http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/amphibians/ozhe/index.html">U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service</a> has listed the Ozark hellbender as a federally endangered species that cannot be harmed, killed, or bought and sold as a pet.</p><p><a href="http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/amphibians/ozhe/ozheFactSheet.html">The Ozark hellbender</a> is found only in the streams of the White River system in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas.</p><p>Ozark hellbender populations have dropped by 75 percent since the 1980s, with fewer than 600 remaining in the wild.</p> Wed, 05 Oct 2011 19:23:07 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 2192 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Giant Ozark salamander now officially endangered