U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Noah Combs draws an elephant on his sign for the Global March for Elephants, Rhinoceros and Lions while his stepmom Kathryn Combs looks on.
Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

A group of St. Louisans gathered in Brentwood Saturday to participate in the Global March for Elephants, Rhinos and Lions. Local animal rights activist Christina Tenti organized the event, which began with a family-friendly gathering at the Brentwood Community Center.

Music played while kids drew signs and got their faces painted. Several tables manned by people armed with information lined the outskirts of the community room.

Paddlefish can live 100 years.
Dennis Chamberlin | medium.com

Caviar poaching has arrived in in the Ozarks.

Like sturgeon, female paddlefish bloat with tiny eggs, and a single paddlefish can contain 10 pounds of roe, worth as much as $40,000 when labeled and sold as high-grade Russian caviar. Game warden Rob Farr, who patrols rivers and reservoirs in central Missouri, now finds himself battling intrigue that extends to Russia, Kazhakstan and Iran.

Medium.com has the story from the Food and Environment Reporting Network.

(via Saint Louis Zoo)

The American burying beetle is coming back – 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.

(Dan Kirk/Saint Louis Zoo)

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.