Wildlife Restoration

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Browse Missouri's wildlife restoration success stories, including the American burying beetle and hellbenders.

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Learn about multi-agency efforts to restore this colorful, ecologically important insect to Missouri’s prairie landscape.

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In 2011, the Missouri Department of Conservation reintroduced the first group of elk onto Peck Ranch CA in south-central Missouri.

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Learn about coordinated efforts to reverse Missouri's hellbender decline and save the Ozark hellbender species.

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To restore Missouri's declining prairie chicken population, the Department works with landowners where prairie-chicken restoration efforts are underway.

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The Missouri Species and Communities of Conservation Concern Checklist lists all of our rarest species and natural communities.