- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

CHITTENANGO, N.Y. (AP) - Scientists in central New York are working to prevent the extinction of a rare species of snail.

SUNY’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry will release 200 Ovate Amber Snails into the wild at Chittenango Falls State Park on Thursday. Since June, the school has hatched more than 600 baby snails in a laboratory at its Syracuse campus.

The snail survives exclusively alongside Chittenango Falls, about 20 miles southeast of Syracuse. Biologists have feared that a single catastrophic event could wipe out the entire population, which is found only in one location alongside the waterfall.

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The estimated population of the snail fell in 2006 after a rockslide.

The snails thrive in the spray zone of the waterfall and feed on microscopic fungi and detritus on the nearby rocks and vegetation.

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