Endangered insect found only along Lincoln’s Salt Creek gets a boost

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — A conservation program is helping one of the rarest insects in the world, right here in Lincoln.

Two hundred twenty-one Salt Creek tiger beetle larvae were reintroduced to a restored saline wetland habitat this week.

The endangered species can only be found along our city’s Salt Creek.

There are less than 15 acres of suitable habitat remaining, mostly due to stream channelization.

Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission all teamed up to help make this possible.

A breeding facility at the Lincoln zoo protects the beetle from becoming extinct, with personnel caring for adults and monitoring eggs.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department, and Lincoln Airport Authority also supported the effort.

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