Hellbenders have been rapidly declining since the 1980s due to various factors, including poor water quality, loss of habitat, and diseases like chytrid fungus and ranavirus. Populations are so low that they cannot rebound on their own, and require our help. Conservation efforts include captive breeding and rearing in order to head start populations and increase survivorship. Thankfully, zoos and universities across the country are working together to establish and grow these programs. More information about each of these programs can be found in the conservation efforts drop down menu.
You can also do your part to aid conservation efforts. For information on what you can do to help the hellbender, please visit one of the “How can I Help” tabs. We have information for anglers, homeowners, farmers, and teachers on adopting more hellbender friendly practices that improve water quality.You can also follow us on social media to receive updates on hellbender conservation news and share posts in order to spread the word about hellbenders.