St. Louis Zoo http://news.stlpublicradio.org en ZMD Board Member Wants Discounts For City, County Residents At Zoo, Other Institutions http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/zmd-board-member-wants-discounts-city-county-residents-zoo-other-institutions <p>If you live in St. Louis or St. Louis County, you may eventually be able to get discounts at local cultural institutions. That idea was floated Thursday by Zoo-Museum District board member Gloria Wessels.</p><p></p><p>City and county residents pay taxes that fund <a href="http://www.mzdstl.org/">the five institutions of the district: the St. Louis Art Museum, Science Center, St. Louis Zoo, Missouri History Museum and Missouri Botanical Garden</a>. Wessels told St. Louis Public Radio that it’s only fair that taxpayers get something for their money that visitors from other counties don’t.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:54:00 +0000 Nancy Fowler 37568 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org ZMD Board Member Wants Discounts For City, County Residents At Zoo, Other Institutions The Big Bird Cage: Where The Saint Louis Zoo Took Flight After The 1904 World's Fair http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/big-bird-cage-where-saint-louis-zoo-took-flight-after-1904-worlds-fair <p>The residents of the big birdcage aren’t as flashy or exotic as many of the 19,000 animals at the<a href="http://www.stlzoo.org/"> Saint Louis Zoo</a>, but they do put on a show.</p><p>At ground level, a row of small ruddy ducks with bright blue bills follow the leader, making rippling&nbsp;curlicues in a swamp-like pond. Double-crested cormorants&nbsp;hang out on a wooden bridge, striking a pose with their outstretched wings, as visitors reach for their camera phones. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 01:30:47 +0000 Mary Delach Leonard 36353 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Big Bird Cage: Where The Saint Louis Zoo Took Flight After The 1904 World's Fair Saigh Foundation Helps Ensure Strong Education Program At St. Louis Zoo http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/saigh-foundation-helps-ensure-strong-education-program-st-louis-zoo <p>The St. Louis Zoo has received a $1.5 million gift from the Saigh Foundation that will, in essence, create an endowed chair for the Zoo’s education department.</p><p>That department is headed by Louise Bradshaw, who will become the first Fred Saigh Director of Education.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In an interview with St. Louis Public Radio, she said this provides a lot of security for the zoo’s wide-ranging educational programs.</span></p><p>“We’re able to reach over 1.7 million guests with the Zoo’s conservation education messages,” she said.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 02:45:42 +0000 Donna Korando 35751 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Saigh Foundation Helps Ensure Strong Education Program At St. Louis Zoo Saint Louis Zoo Works To Protect Endangered Species In Africa http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/saint-louis-zoo-works-protect-endangered-species-africa <p>What does the Saint Louis Zoo have to do with Africa? More than you might think. It is a founding member of the <a href="http://www.saharaconservation.org/">Sahara Conservation Fund</a>, which works to protect endangered species in Africa.</p><p>“The zoo was already involved in captive breeding of these species and was really keen to get involved in the preservation of these species in the wild,” said John Newby, a conservation fellow with the Saint Louis Zoo and the CEO of the Sahara Conservation Fund.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:05:26 +0000 Camille Phillips 34867 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Saint Louis Zoo Works To Protect Endangered Species In Africa It's A Bird! Saint Louis Zoo Welcomes Its Newest Addition http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/its-bird-saint-louis-zoo-welcomes-its-newest-addition <p><strong><em>Updated Nov. 27 at 10:40 a.m. to correct two photo captions.</em></strong></p><p>There’s a bird to be thankful for in St. Louis, but we’re not talking about turkey.</p><p>On Nov. 2, the <a href="http://www.stlzoo.org/">Saint Louis Zoo</a> welcomed yet another adorable addition, a fluffy <a href="http://www.stlzoo.org/animals/abouttheanimals/birds/nightjarsfrogmouthswhippoo/tawnyfrogmouth/">Tawny Frogmouth </a>chick.&nbsp; Born to first-time parents, zoo keepers are taking extra precautions to ensure the chick develops properly. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 21:42:16 +0000 Sarah Skiöld-Hanlin 31751 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org It's A Bird! Saint Louis Zoo Welcomes Its Newest Addition How Can St. Louis' Zoo-Museum District Institutions Raise More Money? Charge Admission? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/how-can-st-louis-zoo-museum-district-institutions-raise-more-money-charge-admission <p>Commissioners of the Zoo-Museum District, on September 30, <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/support-grows-charging-some-enter-zoo-museum-district-attractions">voted to raise the property tax rate</a> that funds five St. Louis cultural institutions to the highest level permitted by state law.&nbsp; Those institutions are the St. Louis Zoo, the Missouri Botanical Garden, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Science Center and Missouri History Museum.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 22:43:28 +0000 Alex Heuer & Camille Phillips 30506 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org How Can St. Louis' Zoo-Museum District Institutions Raise More Money? Charge Admission? St. Louis Zoo Unveils Updated Expansion Plans http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-zoo-unveils-updated-expansion-plans <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The St. Louis Zoo showcased new plans for the 13 and a half acre expansion on the southern side of interstate 64.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he plans aren’t set in stone, and the zoo is still asking for public opinion.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But it outlines a framework of where the zoo could go in the next 20 years – adding exhibits, a hotel, an upscale restaurant.</span></p> Thu, 02 May 2013 00:10:01 +0000 Chris McDaniel 26001 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Zoo Unveils Updated Expansion Plans Asian Elephant Calf Will Bring Cautious Celebration To St. Louis Zoo http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/asian-elephant-calf-will-bring-cautious-celebration-st-louis-zoo <p></p><p>An Asian elephant calf is due to be born any day at the St. Louis Zoo, cause for both celebration and concern amid the backdrop of a deadly herpes virus.</p><p></p><p>The virus has killed about 25 percent of Asian elephants born in North American zoos in the past three decades. Some animal rights activists <a href="http://bit.ly/13sZkHY">told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch</a> that it is irresponsible to breed elephants knowing the presence of the virus in the herd.</p><p></p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 15:59:12 +0000 The Associated Press & Sean Sandefur 24842 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Asian Elephant Calf Will Bring Cautious Celebration To St. Louis Zoo Florian Schulz: Wildlife Photographer And Conservationist http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/florian-schulz-wildlife-photographer-and-conservationist <p><a href="http://welcometothearctic.org/about/florian-schulz/">Florian Schulz</a> has two passions.&nbsp; He is an award-winning wildlife photographer, but is equally dedicated to preserving the habitat of wildlife.&nbsp;</p><p>Schulz’s passions led him to the Arctic where he spent 18 months in search of breathtaking images documenting life in every season.&nbsp; The result is the book <a href="http://welcometothearctic.org/">“To the Arctic”</a> which is the companion to the IMAX film of the same name.</p> Sat, 09 Mar 2013 03:44:12 +0000 Mary Edwards & Alex Heuer 10041 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Florian Schulz: Wildlife Photographer And Conservationist St. Louis Zoo Kicks Off Planning Phase Of Forest Park Hospital Expansion http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-zoo-kicks-planning-phase-forest-park-hospital-expansion <p></p><p>The St. Louis Zoo held an open house Tuesday night to launch the planning process for its expansion into the recently purchased 13.5 acre Forest Park Hospital.</p><p>David McGuire is vice president for architecture and planning at the zoo and says it might take decades to complete the expansion project.</p><p>The initial planning phase is expected to last six to eight months, and McGuire says at the end of the day adding the new site will mean the zoo can extend its mission.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 04:39:01 +0000 Tim Lloyd 7273 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Zoo Kicks Off Planning Phase Of Forest Park Hospital Expansion