Hellbender – Giant Salamander of North America

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Among the forty-two species of salamanders found in the
woods, streams and rivers of North Carolina, the hellbender
may be the strangest. Some people say the hellbender is the
most grotesque-looking salamander in North America.

Hellbender – Current Status – 2015

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Hellbenders are Federally listed as a “species of concern” and may be a candidate for listing as an endangered species. Human impacts like acid mine drainage, dam construction, siltation from farms, forestry, and housing development have all contributed to their decline. With that in mind, researchers from across North Carolina are working to develop our knowledge of this species.

Hellbender – Project History – 2011

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Hellbender research has shown steep declines—some as high as 77 percent—among a few hellbender populations. The Appalachian population in the southeastern United States in particular has received little scientific attention. This may be because many researchers think North Carolina’s hellbender population is stable. Unfortunately, there is not much in the way of scientific evidence for this belief. In fact, before our study began in 2007, no one had surveyed North Carolina’s hellbender populations.

Storm Threatens Remaining Sea Turtle Nests

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A powerful storm hit the beaches of North Carolina starting on 25 September 2015, and threatened the remaining unhatched nests on the state’s Outer Banks.

The Natural History of the African Elephant

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This article outlines the key characteristics of the African Elephant, including its anatomy, diet, habitat preferences and life span.

African Elephant Research at the NC Zoo

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Since 1998, the North Carolina Zoological Park and its partners have been involved in research designed to protect African Elephants in Cameroon and Nigeria.

OBX Sea Turtles (2015) – Nest #22

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Nest #22 is a complete mystery. There are only eye-witness reports that some 100 hatchlings came out of a nest in Southern Shores. Attempts to learn more by excavating a nest failed when researchers could not locate one in the area.

OBX Sea Turtles (2015) – Nest #20

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Things look bad for Nest #20 after waves washed over this nest and carried the eggs out to sea. Tourists retrieved some of the eggs, but it will be a miracle if they actually produce hatchlings.

OBX Sea Turtles (2015) – Nest #18

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Nest #18 was laid close to the high tide line and close to a fishing pier, so NEST volunteers moved it to a safer place.

OBX Sea Turtles (2015) – Nest #17

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Nest #17 is a very efficient nest with no drama and no surprises so far.

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