In 2020, Mesker Park Zoo hatched the first naturally bred captive Eastern hellbender in the world! “Solo”, as the keepers call him, is doing well and can be seen on exhibit in the Discovery Center. Our adult females in the breeding stream are on the older side, so we were thrilled to find a female from the Ohio River system that recently came into breeding age. Today we introduced her into our breeding stream to settle in ahead of the breeding season in September. Hopefully we will have good news come this fall!
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