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Over 1,000 hellbenders released from Saint Louis Zoo into Ozark rivers

OZARK, Mo. — More than 1,000 Ozark and eastern hellbenders raised from eggs at the Saint Louis Zoo were released back into their native rivers this summer by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Since 2008, more than 8,600 Saint Louis Zoo-raised endangered hellbenders have been reintroduced to the wild in Missouri, according to a press release.

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