conservation

Wildlife Conservation
5:03 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Saving The Monarch's Migration: A Conversation With Ecologist Lincoln Brower

Monarch butterflies cluster on the branch of an oyamel fir tree in Mexico.
Credit Lincoln Brower

Every year, monarch butterflies undertake what seems like an impossible journey.

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.

Ecologist Lincoln Brower has been studying monarchs for almost 60 years.

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Saint Louis Zoo
4:13 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Saint Louis Zoo Shows Off Plans For Its New Polar Bear Exhibit

An artist's rendering of the new exhibit
(Saint Louis Zoo)

The Saint Louis Zoo is forging ahead with building a new, state-of-the-art polar bear exhibit.

The 40,000-square-foot McDonnell Polar Bear Point will more than double the zoo’s previous polar bear habitat, which closed in 2009.

Features of the exhibit will include:

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Carol Perkins
12:46 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Carol Perkins, Conservationist And Humanitarian, Dies At 95

Carol Perkins while on safari in East Africa In the early 1980s. Perkins has died at the age of 95.
(Courtesy Saint Louis Zoo)

Updated 5:52 p.m.

Carol Perkins, a conservationist and humanitarian and the widow of famed zoologist Marlin Perkins, has died.

The Saint Louis Zoo says Carol Perkins died Saturday at her home in Clayton, Mo. She was 95 and had been in declining health.

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.

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Chimpanzee Research
6:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Life Of Chimp Research And 'Adventure' For Midwestern Scientific Duo

A chimpanzee sounds its call in the Goualougo Triangle - the site of an intensive conservation project which researchers Crickette Sanz and David Morgan founded.
(Courtesy Ian Nichols)

For more than a decade, Washington University anthropologist Crickette Sanz and Lincoln Park Zoo research conservationist David Morgan have lived and worked in a remote stretch of forest in Africa’s Congo Basin, studying chimpanzees and gorillas.

Together with local Congolese, they founded the Goualougo Triangle Ape Project, whose mission is to study and protect great apes and their habitat.

Sanz and Morgan are giving a talk about their work tonight at the St. Louis Zoo — they spoke with St. Louis Public Radio's Véronique LaCapra.

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Wildlife Conservation
11:12 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Swift fox kits born at Endangered Wolf Center

One of the swift fox kits born four weeks ago at the Endangered Wolf Center in Eureka.
Regina Mossotti, Endangered Wolf Center

A litter of three swift foxes, two females and one male, has been born at the Endangered Wolf Center in Eureka – the first in a dozen years. The four-week-old foxes will get their first round of vaccinations today.

The kits are being raised by a trio of adult foxes – the breeding female’s sister is helping the parents care for their young.

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Plant Conservation
5:00 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Missouri Botanical Garden to help build online global plant database

The new online World Flora database will include information on all known land plants. This Robiquetia cerina orchid was on display at the Missouri Botanical Garden's annual Orchid Show.
(Missouri Botanical Garden)

The Missouri Botanical Garden has announced plans to help build an online database of the world’s plants.

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.

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Conservation - Endangered Species
2:38 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

MOBOT scientists help rediscover two tree species thought to be extinct

The fruit and seeds of Erythrina schliebenii, a highly endangered East African coral tree.
(Frank Mbago/Missouri Botanical Garden)

Scientists at the Missouri Botanical Garden have confirmed the discovery of two tree species that were thought to be extinct.

Last year botanists from the University of Dar es Salaam 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’s eastern coast.

Missouri Botanical Garden botanist Roy Gereau worked with British scientist Phil Clarke to confirm the identity of the trees.

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Elk restoration
4:18 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Elk released from holding pen, some with new calves

The elk brought to Missouri early last month as part of a restoration project have been released from their holding pen.

The Missouri Department of Conservation released the 34 elk along with five newborn calves on Wednesday.

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's health, movement patterns and preferred types of vegetation.

Missouri Botanical Garden
6:11 am
Wed December 29, 2010

First global plant list available online

The English Oak, Quercus robur. (RBG Kew)

The Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London have completed the first comprehensive list of world plant species.

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