Chattanooga Zoo Releases Thirty Hellbenders Into The Wild

The Chattanooga Zoo has announced the release of 30 of its headstarted hellbenders into the wild in early May. The largest individuals were chosen ...

May 23, 2023
7:52 PM

The Chattanooga Zoo has announced the release of 30 of its headstarted hellbenders into the wild in early May. The largest individuals were chosen for release in nearby creeks. The remaining hellbenders will continue to be cared for in the headstart building until late spring of 2024 when they will most likely be released.The Hellbender Headstart Program began in the fall of 2021 as a collaboration with Matt Groves at the US Forest Service, Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency and Dr. Freake at Lee University.