Saint Louis Zoo

St. Louis Zoo
2:56 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Band-Aids, Babies And Marriage Proposals: 11 Fun Facts About The STL Zoo

You may have stayed away from the Zoo over the Fourth of July weekend, because of the festivities in  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.

For example, did you know the Zoo studied camels in Kenya this year to evaluate their milk as a human beverage? Or that it documented the number of endangered Humboldt penguins in Punta San Juan, Peru?

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Wildlife Conservation
3:54 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

New St. Louis Initiative Encourages Residents To Plant "Milkweeds For Monarchs"

A female monarch collects nectar from a milkweed flower.
Lincoln Brower

The City of St. Louis and several partners are launching a project to help monarch butterflies.

It involves encouraging area residents to plant milkweeds -- a plant with large fruit pods that release fluffy seeds in the fall.

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.

The zoo's curator of invertebrates, Edward Spevak, says milkweeds are critical to the monarch’s survival.

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Saint Louis Zoo
4:58 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Sea Lion "Bennie" Dies At Saint Louis Zoo

Bennie was one of the zoo's most popular sea lions.
Credit Roger Brandt/Saint Louis Zoo

A sea lion has died at the St. Louis Zoo.

“Bennie,” as he was known, was born at the zoo in 2002 and would have been 12 years old in June.

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.

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.

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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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Saint Louis Zoo
2:55 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

That's Not A Worm: Endangered Ocellate Mountain Vipers Born At Saint Louis Zoo

A highly endangered 7 inch baby ocellate mountain viper snake slithers across a quarter while on display at the Saint Louis Zoo on September 3, 2013.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

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. 

The Zoo says nine ocellate mountain vipers were born there on Aug. 16. The species is from northeastern Turkey.

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Science
9:06 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Video: Baby Okapi Makes Saint Louis Zoo Debut

Umeme, a baby okapi born at the Saint Louis Zoo gives a little smile to the camera - or we think that's what that is.
(Kim Downey/Saint Louis Zoo)

The Saint Louis Zoo has released photos and video of one of its newest editions, a baby okapi named Umeme. 

The zoo says the name is Swahili for “lightning."

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.

Endangered Species
4:30 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Saint Louis Zoo Continues Efforts To Restore Endangered Beetle

American burying beetles eat carrion. When they are ready to mate, they find a small dead animal and bury it in an underground nest to feed their young.
Credit Dan Kirk/Saint Louis Zoo

For a second year, the St. Louis Zoo is continuing efforts to bring back an endangered beetle to southwestern Missouri.

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Livestock Diseases
4:30 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Why Is The Saint Louis Zoo Tackling Camel Diseases In Kenya?

Camels now number in the millions in Kenya
Sharon Deem, Saint Louis Zoo

Camels are known for their ability to travel long distances across the desert without water.

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.

But introducing camels — or any species — to a new region, could mean bringing in new diseases.

The St. Louis Zoo has been studying camel diseases in Kenya to help assess their risks.

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Science
2:14 pm
Sat April 27, 2013

St. Louis Zoo Welcomes Baby Elephant

Katie Pilgram St. Louis Zoo

Updated with photos of new calf & naming information May 6:

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.

The name means "dear" or "beloved" and received just over 29 percent of the votes. The runner-up name was "Willow."

Original story from April 27:

Late Friday night the St. Louis Zoo's 42-year-old Asian elephant, Ellie, gave birth to a female calf.   With the new addition the zoo’s elephant herd now grows to ten. 

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Saint Louis Zoo
10:54 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Monkey, See? Baby Colobus Monkey Makes Saint Louis Zoo Debut

Kivuli, a baby colobus monkey, rests in her mother, Cecilia's arms at the Saint Louis Zoo.
(Ray Meibaum/Saint Louis Zoo)

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.

The name is appropriate for her birthday Oct. 31, 2012, Halloween. 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. 

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.

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