conservation http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Saving The Monarch's Migration: A Conversation With Ecologist Lincoln Brower http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/saving-monarchs-migration-conversation-ecologist-lincoln-brower <p>Every year, monarch butterflies undertake what seems like an impossible journey.</p><p>By the millions, they leave their summer breeding grounds in the United States and Canada to fly thousands of miles to a small area of alpine forest in central Mexico.</p><p>Ecologist <a href="http://www.biology.sbc.edu/faculty/HomePageLPB.html" target="_blank">Lincoln Brower</a> has been studying monarchs for almost 60 years.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:03:10 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 35381 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Saving The Monarch's Migration: A Conversation With Ecologist Lincoln Brower 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 Carol Perkins, Conservationist And Humanitarian, Dies At 95 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/carol-perkins-conservationist-and-humanitarian-dies-95 <p><strong>Updated 5:52 p.m.</strong></p><p>Carol Perkins, a conservationist and humanitarian and the widow of famed zoologist Marlin Perkins, has died.</p><p>The Saint Louis Zoo says Carol Perkins died Saturday at her home in Clayton, Mo. She was 95 and had been in declining health.</p><p>Marlin Perkins was the director of the Saint Louis Zoo who gained international fame after becoming host of television's "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom" in 1962. The program aired for 26 years until his death in 1986.</p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 17:46:46 +0000 The Associated Press, St. Louis Public Radio & Véronique LaCapra 5761 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Carol Perkins, Conservationist And Humanitarian, Dies At 95 Life Of Chimp Research And 'Adventure' For Midwestern Scientific Duo http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/life-chimp-research-and-adventure-midwestern-scientific-duo <p></p><p>For more than a decade, Washington University anthropologist <a href="http://www.congo-apes.org/sanz.html">Crickette Sanz</a> and Lincoln Park Zoo research conservationist <a href="http://www.congo-apes.org/morgan.html">David Morgan</a> have lived and worked in a remote stretch of forest in Africa’s Congo Basin, studying chimpanzees and gorillas.</p><p>Together with local Congolese, they founded the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project, whose mission is to study and protect great apes and their habitat.</p><p>Sanz and Morgan are giving <a href="http://www.stlzoo.org/education/saint-louis-zoo-lectures/conservationconversations/">a talk about their work tonight</a> at the St. Louis Zoo — they spoke with St. Louis Public Radio's Véronique LaCapra.</p><p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 5342 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Life Of Chimp Research And 'Adventure' For Midwestern Scientific Duo Swift fox kits born at Endangered Wolf Center http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/swift-fox-kits-born-endangered-wolf-center <p>A litter of three <a href="http://policy.nrcs.usda.gov/OpenNonWebContent.aspx?content=18495.wba">swift foxes</a>, two females and one male,&nbsp;has been born at the Endangered Wolf Center in Eureka &ndash; the first in a dozen years. The four-week-old foxes will get their first round of vaccinations today.</p><p>The kits are being raised by a trio of adult foxes &ndash; the breeding female&rsquo;s sister is helping the parents care for their young.</p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 16:12:51 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 3909 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Swift fox kits born at Endangered Wolf Center Missouri Botanical Garden to help build online global plant database http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-botanical-garden-help-build-online-global-plant-database <p>The Missouri Botanical Garden has announced plans to help build an online database of the world&rsquo;s plants.</p><p>Working with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and the New York Botanical Garden, the Missouri Botanical Garden will compile information on as many as 400,000 land plant species, with the goal of having all the data available online by 2020.</p> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 3535 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Botanical Garden to help build online global plant database MOBOT scientists help rediscover two tree species thought to be extinct http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mobot-scientists-help-rediscover-two-tree-species-thought-be-extinct <p>Scientists at the Missouri Botanical Garden have confirmed the discovery of two tree species that were thought to be extinct.</p><p>Last year botanists from the University of <a href="http://g.co/maps/8247m">Dar es Salaam</a> in Tanzania set out to look for the trees. They discovered small populations of both species in a remote forest in southeastern Tanzania, along Africa&rsquo;s eastern coast.</p><p>Missouri Botanical Garden botanist Roy Gereau worked with British scientist Phil Clarke to confirm the identity of the trees.</p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 19:38:59 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 3397 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org MOBOT scientists help rediscover two tree species thought to be extinct Elk released from holding pen, some with new calves http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/elk-released-holding-pen-some-new-calves <p>The elk brought to Missouri early last month as part of a restoration project have been released from their holding pen.</p><p>The Missouri Department of Conservation released the 34 elk along with five newborn calves on Wednesday.</p><p>The adult elk and calves have been fitted with GPS radio collars as part of a cooperative research project with the University of Missouri-Columbia. The collars will help researchers track the elk&#39;s health, movement patterns and preferred types of vegetation.</p> Thu, 02 Jun 2011 21:18:39 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 1354 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Elk released from holding pen, some with new calves First global plant list available online http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/first-global-plant-list-available-online <P><A href="http://www.mobot.org/theplantlist/">The Missouri Botanical Garden</A> in St. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 12:11:48 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 204 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org First global plant list available online