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US Chamber of Commerce weighs in on Missouris GOP Senate primary The US Chamber of Commerce has made an endorsement in the three-way Republican Senate primary in Missouri. The chamber on Tuesday backed former Vi-Jon chairman John Brunner , saying his private sector experience in cutting spending and balancing budgets provides the best contrast with Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill. Brunner is running against former state treasurer Sarah Steelman and US Rep. Todd Akin for the chance to...

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In the weird and wacky news category today, at least one penguin at the St. Louis Zoo appears to be a feisty opponent of Newt Gingrich - or at least one of his fingers. The Republican presidential candidate is sporting a small bandage on his finger after getting nipped by a small penguin during his tour of the zoo on Friday. Gingrich was in St. Louis to speak during the National Rifle Associations annual meeting . During his visit to the popular zoo in Forest Park, he was treated to a behind...

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Two newborn lion cubs are being raised by staff at the Saint Louis Zoo more than a month after their birth, but two other cubs in the litter have died. The African lion cubs were born Feb. 14 to the 6-year-old lioness Cabara. The zoo said Tuesday that two did not survive because Cabara couldnt produce enough milk to feed them. Zoo officials say it is not uncommon for lion mothers in the wild to rear fewer than 50 percent of the cubs born in a litter. The two surviving cubs are females named...

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An endangered beetle could be making its way back to Missouri, with some help from the Saint Louis Zoo and the US Fish and Wildlife Service . If all goes well, the zoo plans to reintroduce the American burying beetle to Wah kon-tah Prairie in southwestern Missouri in early June. The 3,020 acre site is jointly owned and managed by the Nature Conservancy and the Missouri Department of Conservation. Bob Merz directs the Center for American Burying Beetle Conservation at the Saint Louis Zoo. He...

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Updated 4:36 p.m. with comment from Jeffrey Bonner. The Saint Louis Zoo has announced plans to buy the Forest Park Hospital site on Oakland Avenue, just south of Highway 40. The acquisition would allow the zoo to expand its parking, research, and office space. The Saint Louis Zoo Association signed a conditional contract with the site owner, Medline Industries, Inc., on March 8. The price and contract terms were not disclosed. Payment for the site would come from the funds of the Saint Louis...

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Photo taken at the St. Louis Zoo by Amy Buxton on Flickr.com . Join the St. Louis Public Radio Flickr group to see interesting photos taken in the St. Louis region and submit your own. Each week we feature, on our website, one outstanding photo from the group.

For the first time ever, an endangered amphibian found only in a few Missouri and Arkansas counties has been successfully bred in captivity. Officials with the St. Louis Zoo and Missouri Department of Conservation said Wednesday that 63 Ozark hellbenders have been bred at the zoo. The first hatched on Nov. 15, and an additional 120 eggs are expected to hatch within the next week. The breeding is the result of a decade-long collaboration of the zoo and the conservation department. Jeff Ettling...

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Cardinals lose Game 5 to Texas Rangers The Rangers Mike Napoli hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning against Marc Rzepczynski , and the team rallied from a two-run deficit to beat the Cardinals 4-2 last night and take a 3-2 World Series lead. Solo home runs by Mitch Moreland in the third and Adrian Beltre in the sixth off Chris Carpenter sparked the Texas comeback. Michael Young doubled off loser Octavio Dotel leading off the eighth. Darren Oliver got the win in relief of C.J....

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Cute alert! St. Louis has a new resident - at the St. Louis Zoos Emerson Childrens Zoo. Nina, a miniature burro, was born Tuesday, Oct. 4 in front of staff and visitors. Her mother, Miss Barney, came to the St. Louis Zoo this summer. The little foal weighs 31 pounds and stands 23 inches tall. The Zoo says ancestors of the mini burro, or miniature donkey, come from the island of Sicily near the Mediterranean Sea.

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The Asian elephant calf Kenzi is making her public debut this morning at the Saint Louis Zoo. The three-month-old calf will be on view at the Rivers Edge habitat from 10 a.m. to noon and then again from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. today through Sunday.

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Updated 2:10 p.m. Aug. 23 with cause of death One of the countrys top professional associations for zoos and aquariums says people should not be worried about the quality of care at the St. Louis Zoo, despite the death of another animal there. A sea lion, named R.J., died Sunday after performing in one of the Zoos sea lion shows. A cause of death had not been determined as of Monday. The Zoo announced Tuesday, following a necropsy by the Zoos pathologist, that R.J. died from heart failure,...

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A new source of pride and joy has arrived to join her own pride at the St. Louis Zoo. An African lion cub was born on July 17 at the Zoo, along with another female cub which was, unfortunately, stillborn. The female cub, named Imani, which means faith in Swahili, became dehydrated several days after birth, and is now being hand-fed, with success, at the Zoos veterinary hospital. The Zoo said that for several hours each day, Big Cat Country keepers return her to a den next to her mother and...

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Updated 11:52 a.m. The endangered American burying beetle could be making its way to a southwestern Missouri prairie. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to work with the St. Louis Zoo to reintroduce the colorful beetle to Wah-Kon-Tah Prairie in St. Clair and Cedar counties. The Zoo has a population of the beetles. Zoo officials say they have not been seen in Missouri in more than two decades. (You might remember this earlier feature from our own Véronique LaCapra on the about some dedicated supporters in St. Louis joining a nationwide effort to save the insect).

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Updated to reflect the fact that chimp was euthanized last month. A chimpanzee who helped foster six young apes at the St. Louis Zoo while raising his own youngster has died. The Zoo announced today that Smoke was euthanized June 22 after veterinary staff found that an infection and inflammation in his abdomen had spread. Smoke was 43. He came to the Zoo with his mate in January 1994 to help foster Hugo, a young chimp who had been hand-raised, and two others - Jimmy and Mlinzi - that had been...

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Updated 2:47 p.m. July 5 with name finalized: The St. Louis Zoo announced that a name has been chosen for the baby elephant, Kenzi, which won with 69,406 (53.88%) votes. Runner up June received 40,683 votes (31.58%), Zoe received 12,249 votes (9.51%) and Mya received 6,438 votes (5%). Write-ins received .03% of the vote. Updated 10:27 a.m. June 28 with naming contest information Its a girl: The latest addition to the St. Louis Zoo is a bouncing baby elephant. The zoo announced Friday that the...

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Spring marks a lot of firsts in the city of St. Louis - the first pitch, the first Ted Drewes concrete, the first of the daffodils along area highways. Theres a special first this year for visitors to the St. Louis Zoo - a chance to see two new Grevys zebra foals as they venture outside for the first time after their births. Asante was born in November, and his half-sister Zuri arrived in January. Now that the weather has warmed up, Zuri and Asante are outside with the rest of the herd. Click...

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A 40-year old Asian elephant at the St. Louis Zoo named Donna has tested positive for tuberculosis, but is expected to be just fine. Donna the Elephant came to the St. Louis zoo as a 3-year old juvenile in 1971.

All elephants get complete medical evaluation each year including blood collection, vaccinations and trunk cultures to look for tuberculosis. Randy Junge, the Zoos Director of Animal Health said the 40-year-old pachyderm will live off-display for the next year, but wont...

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Recently, a kangaroo joey , then a rhino calf were born at the St. Louis Zoo . Now, adding to its collection of new little residents, the latest arrival is a Coquerels sifaka, an endangered lemur species from Madagascar. The baby was born at the Saint Louis Zoos Primate House on Jan. 9, 2011. A Zoo press release says that the baby held onto its mothers belly for about a month, but has recently graduated to riding on her back. Zookeepers are observing the infant and mother every day, and a...

If you're a little tired of this cold weather, you're in luck, as the iconic " Punxsutawney Phil " groundhog did not see his shadow this morning -- signaling Spring's early return. For those of you who looked for Groundhog Day-related fun a little closer to home today to no avail, that's because our new local "representative" is a little too groggy for the task this year. The Saint Louis Zoo ’s new groundhog “Pippi,” a 10-month old female, is hibernating, and her keepers let her sleep through...

There's a new arrival to the world, and St. Louis. A black rhinoceros calf was born at the St. Louis Zoo on Jan. 14. The "little" male weighs in at 120.5 pounds. According to a press release, the Saint Louis Zoo’s black rhinos are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Black Rhino Species Survival Plan (SSP), a program to manage a genetically healthy population of black rhinos in North American zoos. Currently there are 60 black rhinos in 38 institutions. The release also shares that...

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