â€śWhether it be honeybees, or native bees, theyâ€™re so vital to our agricultureâ€™s success, and to our horticultureâ€™s success, and we have such amazing resources here in our state,â€ť Hagler said.
The American burying beetle is coming back â€“ more than three decades since it was last spotted in Missouri.
The Saint Louis Zoo and the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced on Tuesday that they have gotten approval to reintroduce the beetle at the Wah'Kon-Tah Prairie in southwest Missouri. Up to 150 breeding pairs will be placed in underground with dead animals for food - the process starts in June.
Two newborn lion cubs are being raised by staffÂ at the Saint Louis Zoo more than a month after their birth, but twoÂ other cubs in the litter have died.
The African lion cubs were born Feb. 14 to the 6-year-oldÂ lioness Cabara. The zoo said Tuesday that two did notÂ survive because Cabara couldn't produce enough milk to feed them.Â Zoo officials say it is not uncommon for lion mothers in the wildÂ to rear fewer than 50 percent of the cubs born in a litter.