Saint Louis Zoo http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Band-Aids, Babies And Marriage Proposals: 11 Fun Facts About The STL Zoo http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/band-aids-babies-and-marriage-proposals-11-fun-facts-about-stl-zoo <p>You may have stayed away from the Zoo over the Fourth of July weekend, because of the festivities in&nbsp; Forest Park. But you have plenty of time to get there this summer. As you make your plans, here are a few things about our Zoo that might surprise you.</p><p>For example, did you know the Zoo <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/why-saint-louis-zoo-tackling-camel-diseases-kenya">studied camels in Kenya this year</a> to evaluate their milk as a human beverage? Or that it documented the number of endangered Humboldt penguins in Punta San Juan, Peru?</p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 19:56:39 +0000 Nancy Fowler 37677 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Band-Aids, Babies And Marriage Proposals: 11 Fun Facts About The STL Zoo New St. Louis Initiative Encourages Residents To Plant "Milkweeds For Monarchs" http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-st-louis-initiative-encourages-residents-plant-milkweeds-monarchs <p>The City of St. Louis and several partners are launching a project to help monarch butterflies.</p><p>It involves encouraging area residents to plant milkweeds -- a plant with large fruit pods that release fluffy seeds in the fall.</p><p>The Saint Louis Zoo is one of the partners in the “Milkweeds for Monarchs” initiative, along with the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Missouri Department of Conservation.</p><p>The zoo's curator of invertebrates, Edward Spevak, says milkweeds are critical to the monarch’s survival.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:54:22 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 35505 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New St. Louis Initiative Encourages Residents To Plant "Milkweeds For Monarchs" Sea Lion "Bennie" Dies At Saint Louis Zoo http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/sea-lion-bennie-dies-saint-louis-zoo <p>A sea lion has died at the St. Louis Zoo.</p><p>“Bennie,” as he was known, was born at the zoo in 2002 and would have been 12 years old in June.</p><p>The 500 pound sea lion was one of the stars of the zoo’s sea lion show. But he stopped performing two weeks ago and had been under veterinary care.</p><p>The zoo says a necropsy will be performed by its pathologist, but it will take several weeks for the zoo to get the lab results needed to determine the cause of death.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:58:01 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 35434 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Sea Lion "Bennie" Dies At Saint Louis Zoo Saint Louis Zoo Shows Off Plans For Its New Polar Bear Exhibit http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/saint-louis-zoo-shows-plans-its-new-polar-bear-exhibit <p>The Saint Louis Zoo is forging ahead with building a new, state-of-the-art polar bear exhibit.</p><p>The 40,000-square-foot McDonnell Polar Bear Point will more than double the zoo&rsquo;s previous polar bear habitat, which closed in 2009.</p><p>Features of the exhibit will include:</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 21:13:06 +0000 Véronique LaCapra & Kate Essig 30531 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Saint Louis Zoo Shows Off Plans For Its New Polar Bear Exhibit That's Not A Worm: Endangered Ocellate Mountain Vipers Born At Saint Louis Zoo http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/thats-not-worm-endangered-ocellate-mountain-vipers-born-saint-louis-zoo <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a slight departure from the cute-beyond-debate baby animal post, today we bring you a look at a group of highly endangered baby snakes born at the Saint Louis Zoo.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Zoo says nine&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.stlzoo.org/animals/abouttheanimals/reptiles/snakes/ocellatemountainviper/" style="line-height: 1.5;">ocellate mountain vipers</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> were born there on Aug. 16. The species is from northeastern Turkey.</span></p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 19:55:23 +0000 Kelsey Proud 29606 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org That's Not A Worm: Endangered Ocellate Mountain Vipers Born At Saint Louis Zoo Video: Baby Okapi Makes Saint Louis Zoo Debut http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/video-baby-okapi-makes-saint-louis-zoo-debut <p>The Saint Louis Zoo has released photos and video of one of its newest editions, a baby okapi named Umeme.&nbsp;</p><p>The zoo says the name is&nbsp;Swahili for “lightning."</p><p>Umeme, a female, weighed in at just over 52 pounds when she was born on June 17. Okapis are also known as "forest giraffes" and the zoo says they're likely endangered in the wild due to hunting and political crises in their native area of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The zoo says the animals are one of the last mammals "discovered" by the scientific community, as the "discovery" came in 1901.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 14:06:40 +0000 Kelsey Proud 29082 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Video: Baby Okapi Makes Saint Louis Zoo Debut Saint Louis Zoo Continues Efforts To Restore Endangered Beetle http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/saint-louis-zoo-continues-efforts-restore-endangered-beetle <p></p><p>For a second year, the St. Louis Zoo is continuing <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kwmu/news.newsmain/article/0/0/1715184/Science/St..Louis.Zoo.helps.save.endangered.beetles">efforts to bring back an endangered beetle</a> to southwestern Missouri.</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 09:30:00 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 26979 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Saint Louis Zoo Continues Efforts To Restore Endangered Beetle Why Is The Saint Louis Zoo Tackling Camel Diseases In Kenya? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/why-saint-louis-zoo-tackling-camel-diseases-kenya <p></p><p>Camels are known for their ability to travel long distances across the desert without water.<br><br>But they’re also becoming an increasingly important source of milk for people in drought-prone regions. That includes East African countries like Kenya, where camel numbers have skyrocketed over the past few decades.<br><br>But introducing camels — or any species — to a new region, could mean bringing in new diseases.<br><br>The St. Louis Zoo has been studying camel diseases in Kenya to help assess their risks.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 09:30:00 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 26177 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Why Is The Saint Louis Zoo Tackling Camel Diseases In Kenya? St. Louis Zoo Welcomes Baby Elephant http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-zoo-welcomes-baby-elephant <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Updated with photos of new calf &amp; naming information May 6:</em></strong></p><p>The St. Louis Zoo has announced that the elephant has been named Priya (pronounced Pree-yah) after 53,692 votes from the public were counted.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The name means "dear" or "beloved" and received just over 29 percent of the votes. The runner-up name was "Willow."</span></p><p><b style="line-height: 1.5;"><i>Original story from April 27:</i></b></p> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 19:14:52 +0000 Tim Lloyd & Kelsey Proud 25862 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Zoo Welcomes Baby Elephant Monkey, See? Baby Colobus Monkey Makes Saint Louis Zoo Debut http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/monkey-see-baby-colobus-monkey-makes-saint-louis-zoo-debut <p>Another little one has arrived at the Saint Louis Zoo -- this time it's a colobus monkey named Kivuli, which is Swahili for ghost or shadow.</p><p>The name is appropriate for her birthday Oct. 31, 2012, Halloween.&nbsp;Kivuli is her mother Cecilia's first baby. All colobus monkey babies are born with white hair and a pink face, and eventually change color to have predominantly black hair with white accents.&nbsp;</p><p>In the wild, colobus monkeys are found throughout the forests of east and central Africa. Kivuli, Cecilia and the father, Kima, are all on view now at the Zoo.</p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 16:54:52 +0000 Kelsey Proud 6498 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Monkey, See? Baby Colobus Monkey Makes Saint Louis Zoo Debut