The loyal supporters of the Saint Louis Zoo put up a hell of a fight trying to vote the local gem into the No. 1 spot on USA Today and 10Best's list of the top zoos in the country. The Toledo Zoo walked away with the top spot, but St. Louis was the runner-up.
There's a brand new baby at the St. Louis Zoo. Kapika, a female Coquerel's sifaka (sh-fahk) -- a type of lemur -- was born at the zoo's primate house on January 21, and the zoo says she's now ready for visitors.
A trip to the Saint Louis Zoo just isn't complete without watching the penguins and puffins swim and squawk, so it was a real bummer when their exhibit closed last summer during construction on the new polar bear habitat. But the zoo knows St. Louisans can't hold on one more year without checking i ... More >>
The newest resident at the Saint Louis Zoo's Primate House is only two weeks old.
The St. Louis Zoo has some big ass news. Five Somali wild asses gave birth to five baby asses, a record, at the Zoo between August 19 and October 15. A critically endangered member of the horse family, less than 1,000 exist in northeastern Africa, according to the zoo, and 51 live in North America ... More >>
Today, the Saint Louis Zoo is debuting Umeme, a female okapi, also known as a "forest giraffe," who was born two months ago. Umeme, which is the Swahili word for "lightning," weighed 52.8 pounds when she was born on June 17, but okapi calves grow very fast, the zoo says. After one month, she had a ... More >>
St. Louis has one of the best zoos in the country -- not to mention it's free -- and it's a summer staple for families. However, the St. Louis Zoo (Forest Park, 314-781-0900) is looking to attract a different demographic with its annual Jammin' at the Zoo -- this year, with beer! See also: -Saint L ... More >>
It's a girl! A 251-pound baby girl. The Saint Louis Zoo announced this weekend that Ellie, the zoo's 42-year-old Asian elephant, has successfully given birth to a baby. The calf is 38 inches tall, weighs 251 pounds -- and is healthy and adorable. "Mother and baby are both doing very well," Marth ... More >>
According to the user who posted the video on YouTube, this incident happened last Friday at the St. Louis Zoo. You can hear one lady say, "Poor thing. Let it go, let it go!" They're chimps. They probably ate it.
Halloween is approaching quickly and the St. Louis Zoo is decked out for their "Boo at the Zoo" event for kids. They've got pumpkins, hay bales, graveyards, and even ghosts that fly from the trees. "It's beginning to look a little spooky around here!" the zoo's Facebook account said yesterday, acc ... More >>
Hyenas do more than laugh. Sometimes, they get right down to business. The following video was just uploaded yesterday to YouTube. It was apparently taken at the St. Louis Zoo, although we don't know the date of the incident. Our favorite comment came from a lady, off-camera, who says: "Sometimes th ... More >>
The Saint Louis Zoo announced that Cri Cri the harbor seal has died at the Indianapolis Zoo. She was in transit to St. Louis from London, Ontario's Storybook Gardens with three other harbor seals when handlers discovered two of those seals, Nunavut and Atlantis, were dead. The truck carrying them de ... More >>
The New York Times ran a big article yesterday about the challenges of modern zookeeping featuring, as its prime example, the Saint Louis Zoo. Instead of merely keeping animals for display, zoos today are expected to act as agents of conservation for animals whose numbers are dwindling in the wild. ... More >>
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Saint Louis Zoo plan to reintroduce the Burying Beetle to the Wah'kon-Tah Prairie in the near future, reestablishing the insect as a vital part of Missouri's ecosystem for the first time since the 1970s. Obviously, beetles aren't as glamorous a creature ... More >>
Some call them snot otters, others old lasagna sides, grampus and devil dogs, but we prefer the colloquial term hellbender. If you're going to name a salamander, you might as well make it sound way more badass than it is. Hellbenders live in Missouri's rivers. Or, rather, they used to live in Misso ... More >>
Katie Pilgram, St. Louis ZooShe has a name! It's Kenzi.The internet has spoken! She shall be known as Kenzi.As we reported last month, the St. Louis Zoo was seeking public input on a name for their new baby elephant. The Asian elephant calf was born June 27th to Rani and Raja, and weighed in at 2 ... More >>
Katie Pilgram - St. Louis ZooThe newest addition to the Saint Louis Zoo arrived around 1:15 p.m. Friday when Asian elephant, Rani, gave birth to to the calf pictured above. It's the second baby for the 15-year-old Rani, who birthed her daughter Jade in 2007. "Mother and baby are bonding very well ... More >>
Image viaNo groundhog falsely predicted Snowmageddon...are they more reliable than STL meteorologists?An early spring it shall be, according to Punxatawney Phil and many other national groundhogs who failed to see their shadows. What about St. Louis' own four-legged predictor? Sadly, our very own ... More >>
A group of teenagers got a King-Kong-sized thrill recently at the Saint Louis Zoo. "OMG! They're mad at each other!...I hope they fight!" P.S. Check out the 1:25 mark of the video as a silverback looks to be blowing kisses at the teens before throwing a sucker punch.
Group says no elephant sex is safe at Saint Louis Zoo.California-based In Defense of Animals made a formal complaint today to the U.S. Department of Agriculture over two recent elephant pregnancies at the Saint Louis Zoo. The zoo announced this week that Asian elephants Ellie and her daughter, Ra ... More >>
Saint Louis Zoo patron or wild animal?The next endangered species at the Saint Louis Zoo could be the notorious redneck known as the "zoosier" (zoo hoosier). Why's that? 'Cause the zoo and the city's other free tourist attractions -- the Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri History Museum and St. Lou ... More >>
Contributed by Kim BarksThis poor Elephant doesn't have a name, but anybody can suggest one for a $7.00 donation going to BackStoppers. What do an auto body shop, the St. Louis Zoo, an animal rights group, Mardi Gras and the Caribbean have in common?They're all part of this week's Elephant relate ... More >>
For elephants, one would think the Saint Louis Zoo would be a place to escape from, not to. Earlier this year, In Defense of Animals, an animal rights organization, named the zoo to its "Hall of Shame" on its Top Ten Worst Zoos for Elephants list. A month later, one of the elephants, Jade, contracte ... More >>
The other day we noted how the Saint Louis Zoo's last polar bear, Hope, died this week from cancer at the age of 23. Now today...wait for it...that's it...just a second...more...okay, here it comes...PETA announced that it is urging the zoo to permanently close its polar bear exhibit. The animal-rig ... More >>
This morning's Post-Dispatch has a rather alarming story buried back on page D3. Another of the Saint Louis Zoo's elephants has been diagnosed with a potentially deadly strain of herpes. According to the daily, the two-year-old Asian elephant Maliha is currently showing no symptoms of the virus that ... More >>
Cinder, the chimp at the Saint Louis Zoo whose most distinguishing feature for visitors was her alopecia, is dead at fourteen. She was known as the "Hairless Chimp."The naked ape. What does that mean? Some, certainly, laugh. I think of my father (click the link and scroll down or search for What Man ... More >>
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Not totally satisfied with your weekend itinerary? Never fear, Go! is here! This regular feature highlights everything from rock shows to art openings, from delicious dishes to hidden-gem hangouts. Friday, 11/16 Keep It Classy: After last night's Wine and Cheese reception, things are gettin ... More >>
Week of February 15, 2007
Week of February 8, 2007
The Saint Louis Zoo's new baby cheetahs are cute; its lawsuits are not. Plus: Jerry Lewis Bey writes his memoir from prison, a single girl sounds off, and a local blogger finds herself in deep doo-doo.
Week of May 25, 2005
Raja's birth video
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