penguin http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Harvesting poop to help Peruvian penguins: Saint Louis Zoo digs in http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/harvesting-poop-help-peruvian-penguins-saint-louis-zoo-digs <p>Unlike their cold-weather relatives, <a href="http://www.stlzoo.org/animals/abouttheanimals/birds/penguins/humboldtpenguin/">Humboldt penguins</a> live only in South America, along the rocky Pacific coast of Chile and Peru.</p><p>The Saint Louis Zoo&rsquo;s Michael Macek has been monitoring the penguins there, <a href="http://www.stlzoo.org/conservation/wildcare-institute/humboldtpenguinsinperu/">tracking their health and numbers</a>.</p><p>Macek is back in Peru again, in a coastal reserve called <a href="http://goo.gl/maps/ul1u">Punta San Juan</a>, where Humboldt penguins nest by the thousands.</p><p>Before he left, he told St. Louis Public Radio&#39;s Véronique LaCapra that this time he&rsquo;s helping to lead a sustainable guano harvest.</p><p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 11:20:02 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 4191 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Harvesting poop to help Peruvian penguins: Saint Louis Zoo digs in Gingrich's love of animals goes unrequited by Saint Louis Zoo penguin http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gingrichs-love-animals-goes-unrequited-saint-louis-zoo-penguin <p>In the weird and wacky news category today, at least one penguin at the St. Louis Zoo&nbsp;appears to be a feisty opponent of Newt Gingrich - or at least one of his fingers.</p><p>The Republican presidential candidate is sporting a small&nbsp;bandage on his finger after getting nipped by a small penguin&nbsp;during his tour of the zoo on Friday. Gingrich was in St. Louis to&nbsp;speak <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/romney-speaks-nra-edward-jones-dome">during the National Rifle Association&#39;s annual meeting</a>.</p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 21:10:08 +0000 Kelsey Proud & The Associated Press 3498 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Gingrich's love of animals goes unrequited by Saint Louis Zoo penguin