St. Louis Zoo

A Mini Urban Galapagos Archipelago in St. Louis???

This project with ties to the St. Louis Zoo is too cool for words.  Check out the video!  This sort of thinking – getting kids in nature to see the science – is truly exciting stuff!

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St. Louis Zoo Welcomes Baby Tawny Frogmouth

Another baby at the St. Louis Zoo!  And another successful pairing thanks to an AZA Species Survival Plan.  Why do you reckon this bird is called a tawny frogmouth?  Yep, you guessed it!  Yum yum…frogs are on this bird’s menu.

Learn more about this fascinating animal by visiting its page on the St. Louis Zoo website.

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Abai Has Been Busy

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – A record of five Somali wild ass foals were born between Aug. 19 and Oct. 15 at the Saint Louis Zoo. The births are a first for two of their moms.

The father of all five foals is Abai, who came from the Basel Zoo in 2005. Nine of Abai’s offspring have been born at the St. Louis zoo.

There are currently only 51 Somali wild asses in North America, and 11 of them are at the Saint Louis Zoo.

Read all about the foals here.

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Kali the Polar Bear

Kali was orphaned after an Alaskan hunter killed his mother; the hunter, realizing he had killed a nursing mother, tracked down Kali and took him in.  Kali eventually found his way to the Buffalo Zoo (by way of Alaska Zoo) and may soon call St. Louis home.

To learn more about Kali’s current situation, check out this article by Lindsay Toler of the Riverfront Times.

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New St. Louis Zoo Polar Bear Exhibit Animation

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St. Louis Zoo Expansion

The St. Louis Zoo just keeps getting better and better (both in terms of education and entertainment, which is to say that they make learning fun), and there is so much to be excited about with today’s announcement of future expansion plans, which include an all new southern campus, new animal exhibits, a hotel, gondolas, and a new research center.  Check out the entire story at STLtoday.

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And the Award Goes to…

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums recently presented the prestigious 2013 Exhibit Award to the St. Louis Zoo for Sea Lion Sound.  Well deserved, in my opinion, as Sea Lion Sound is one of the coolest exhibits I’ve ever seen.  What a great opportunity to view these amazing animals like never before!

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Go Say Goodbye to the Stingrays…

This weekend is your last chance to go pet the stingrays, sharks, and horseshoe crabs at Caribbean Cove at the St. Louis Zoo before the exhibit closes for the year.  Trust me, it’s a lot of fun!  If you can’t make it this weekend, you’ll have to wait for the exhibit to reopen in April 2014.

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Solar Powered St. Louis

St. Louis Zoo, a leader in conservation, has recently installed solar panels to power its gift shop for a savings of about $4500 per year.  How cool is that?  Check out the story here.

The company that donated the panels, StraightUp Solar, is also offering a $250 discount to customers (plus a matching donation to the zoo) through October 31st.  All you have to do for the discount is post a picture of yourself with the zoo’s new solar installation on the Facebook pages of St. Louis Zoo and StraightUp Solar!

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Attend Dr. Tom Smith’s Lecture

Dr. Tom Smith, of BYU and Polar Bears International, is giving a lecture titled Denning Ecology of Northern Alaska Polar Bears: Insights and Implications tonight at St. Louis Zoo.  The talk will take place at 7:30 p.m. in The Living World.  And the best part?  Admission is free!

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