St. Louis Zoo

Zoo-Museum District
5:54 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

ZMD Board Member Wants Discounts For City, County Residents At Zoo, Other Institutions

Gloria Wessels

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.

City and county residents pay taxes that fund the five institutions of the district: the St. Louis Art Museum, Science Center, St. Louis Zoo, Missouri History Museum and Missouri Botanical Garden. 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.

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Cormorants and ducks
8:30 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

The Big Bird Cage: Where The Saint Louis Zoo Took Flight After The 1904 World's Fair

A great egret strikes a pose in the Flight Cage at the Saint Louis Zoo.
Mary Delach Leonard|St. Louis Public Radio

The residents of the big birdcage aren’t as flashy or exotic as many of the 19,000 animals at the Saint Louis Zoo, but they do put on a show.

At ground level, a row of small ruddy ducks with bright blue bills follow the leader, making rippling curlicues in a swamp-like pond. Double-crested cormorants hang out on a wooden bridge, striking a pose with their outstretched wings, as visitors reach for their camera phones.   

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$1.5 million gift
9:45 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Saigh Foundation Helps Ensure Strong Education Program At St. Louis Zoo

Louise Bradshaw
Credit Ray Meibaum | St. Louis Zoo

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.

That department is headed by Louise Bradshaw, who will become the first Fred Saigh Director of Education.

In an interview with St. Louis Public Radio, she said this provides a lot of security for the zoo’s wide-ranging educational programs.

“We’re able to reach over 1.7 million guests with the Zoo’s conservation education messages,” she said.

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St. Louis on the Air
12:05 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Saint Louis Zoo Works To Protect Endangered Species In Africa

John Newby feeding an ostrich
courtesy photo

What does the Saint Louis Zoo have to do with Africa? More than you might think. It is a founding member of the Sahara Conservation Fund, which works to protect endangered species in Africa.

“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.

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St. Louis Zoo
3:42 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

It's A Bird! Saint Louis Zoo Welcomes Its Newest Addition

The Saint Louis Zoo's 17 day old Tawny Frogmouth gives a big smile for the camera!
(Saint Louis Zoo)

Updated Nov. 27 at 10:40 a.m. to correct two photo captions.

There’s a bird to be thankful for in St. Louis, but we’re not talking about turkey.

On Nov. 2, the Saint Louis Zoo welcomed yet another adorable addition, a fluffy Tawny Frogmouth chick.  Born to first-time parents, zoo keepers are taking extra precautions to ensure the chick develops properly.  

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St. Louis on the Air
5:43 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

How Can St. Louis' Zoo-Museum District Institutions Raise More Money? Charge Admission?

The St. Louis Zoo
(Via Flikr/Derringsdo)

Commissioners of the Zoo-Museum District, on September 30, voted to raise the property tax rate that funds five St. Louis cultural institutions to the highest level permitted by state law.  Those institutions are the St. Louis Zoo, the Missouri Botanical Garden, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Science Center and Missouri History Museum.

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Zoo
7:10 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

St. Louis Zoo Unveils Updated Expansion Plans

Credit Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis Zoo showcased new plans for the 13 and a half acre expansion on the southern side of interstate 64.

The plans aren’t set in stone, and the zoo is still asking for public opinion.

But it outlines a framework of where the zoo could go in the next 20 years – adding exhibits, a hotel, an upscale restaurant.

Ed Uhlir is a consultant on the expansion project, and says moving parking and adding a way for visitors to cross the interstate has to be the first move.

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St. Louis Zoo Expects Elephant
10:59 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Asian Elephant Calf Will Bring Cautious Celebration To St. Louis Zoo

An Asian Elephant at the St. Louis Zoo.
flickr/jennlynndesign

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.

The virus has killed about 25 percent of Asian elephants born in North American zoos in the past three decades. Some animal rights activists told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that it is irresponsible to breed elephants knowing the presence of the virus in the herd.

Cityscape
9:44 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Florian Schulz: Wildlife Photographer And Conservationist

Florian Schulz' "To the Arctic"
Florian Schulz

Florian Schulz has two passions.  He is an award-winning wildlife photographer, but is equally dedicated to preserving the habitat of wildlife. 

Schulz’s passions led him to the Arctic where he spent 18 months in search of breathtaking images documenting life in every season.  The result is the book “To the Arctic” which is the companion to the IMAX film of the same name.

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Zoo
10:39 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

St. Louis Zoo Kicks Off Planning Phase Of Forest Park Hospital Expansion

Credit (via Saint Louis Zoo)

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.

David McGuire is vice president for architecture and planning at the zoo and says it might take decades to complete the expansion project.

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. 

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