Zoo Helps Bolster Beetle Population

The Henry Doorly Zoo is lending a hand to bolster the population of the troubled Salt Creek Tiger Beetle.

It’s among the fastest and rarest predatory insects in North America but its population is critically endangered. The only place you'll find the insect in North America is in Lincoln.

The zoo is working to increase numbers and reintroduce them back into their natural wetland habitat.

Kat Klatt, Supervisor of the Insect Pavilion, said, "This summer has not been a good summer for anyone as far as the rainfall and the flooding. So, next year - 400."

That's 400 to add to the couple left.

Klatt said she and her crew continue to perfect the process and hope for the day the tiny creatures can make it on their own.

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