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.
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!
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.
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!
Wow! King, a baby black rhino, is now on display at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. Black rhinos are listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List. Conservation efforts in the wild include dehorning and fenced sanctuaries to prevent poaching.
Some black rhino facts:
- Have possible mutualistic relationships with oxpeckers; the oxpeckers get meals from parasites found in the rhino’s skin, while perhaps giving the rhinos advanced warning of approaching predators (thanks to the oxpecker’s superior vision)
- Aside from humans, predators include lions and spotted hyenas
- Did you know black rhinos have two (and sometimes three) “horns?” Also, did you know rhino “horns” are actually composed of keratin and not bone?
Check out King’s full story here.
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!