The past year has been significant for Indiana’s hellbender conservation efforts as researchers at Purdue reintroduced 118 captive-reared hellbenders into the Blue River, where they were originally collected as eggs. The 4-5 year-old hellbenders were fitted with radio transmitters that allowed researchers to track their post-release movements.
These events were the products of more than a decade of research and collaboration by Purdue and the DNR, and were enhanced by collaborative partnerships with local zoos and conservation groups like The Nature Conservancy. Another hellbender release is scheduled for 2019. Indiana’s hellbender research and restoration efforts have been made possible by donations to the Indiana Nongame Fund.