Bronx Zoo Exhibits Eastern Hellbender

An Eastern hellbender propelled itself through its new aquatic home inside the Reptile House.
Photo by Julie Larsen Maher/WCS

Since 2009, staff at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo has been working behind the scenes to save the elusive Eastern hellbender which can be seen in a new exhibit in the zoo’s historic Reptile House. The Eastern hellbender is a large species of salamander native to freshwater rivers and streams in Eastern North America which can grow up to two feet long. NYS lists the hellbender as a species of Special Concern as populations are declining due to several factors including chytrid fungus, water pollution and habitat destruction.

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