Zoos and Aquariums

  • Calendar

    October 16, 2014
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    August 7, 2014

    Yet Another Ranking Says Saint Louis Zoo is Tops in U.S., World

    Here in St. Louis, we know our zoo is one of the best in the world. Now a ranking from travel site TripAdvisor makes that official. Of the 275 top zoos in the world, the Saint Louis Zoo ranks at No. 4, between No. 5 Singapore Zoo in Singapore and No. 3 Loro Parque in Spain, according to TripAdvisor ... More >>

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    May 8, 2014

    Boo Boo the Bear is Saved, Finds Temporary Home at Saint Louis Zoo after Rabies Scare

    Boo Boo, the three-month-old bear cub who caused a brief rabies scare at a petting zoo at Washington University, has a new home at the Saint Louis Zoo -- for now. The bear cub narrowly avoided a death sentence after eighteen students came forward to say the animal had nibbled on their fingers, brea ... More >>

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    May 2, 2014

    Rosalita's Forced to Cancel Cinco de Mayo Petting Zoo After Rabies Threat at Wash. U.

    Sorry, Cinco de Mayo revelers, but Rosalita's Cantina won't have a petting zoo at it's big celebration this weekend. The City of St. Louis Health Department pulled its approval for the petting zoo after Washington University announced a wild-born bear cub from the same petting zoo must be euthanize ... More >>

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    April 23, 2014

    Bennie, Beloved Sea Lion at Saint Louis Zoo, Dies

    It's with a heavy heart that Daily RFT announces the passing of Bennie, the eleven-year-old sea lion famous for giving kisses during shows at the Saint Louis Zoo. Bennie died around 1:30 p.m. Friday at the zoo's Lichtenstein Sea Lion Arena after spending two weeks in veterinary care.

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    March 26, 2014

    St. Louis: A Cheap Canadian Traveler's Dream

    In case you didn't catch the latest issue of Canadian Traveller, the magazine that boasts a "Canadian perspective of how Canadians travel," St. Louis is a paradise for any tourist looking for a big vacation on a minuscule budget. "When it comes to looking for free things to do, St. Louis is one of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Baby Sifaka, the Lemur that Dances, Born at St. Louis Zoo

    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.

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    January 30, 2014

    Saint Louis Zoo's Baby Monkey is the Cutest Thing Ever

    The newest resident at the Saint Louis Zoo's Primate House is only two weeks old.

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    November 28, 2013
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    November 7, 2013

    Big Ass News! Record Number of Somaili Wild Asses Born at St. Louis Zoo

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2013

    Zookeeper Crushed To Death By Elephant Named "Patience" At Dickerson Park Zoo

    John Bradford, 62, worked as a zookeeper for more than 30 years at the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Missouri. On Friday morning, "Patience," a female, 41-year-old, 6,000-pound Asian elephant crushed him against the ground, killing him instantly. The incident only took seconds. Zoo officials ... More >>

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    August 14, 2013

    Saint Louis Zoo Debuts Okapi "Forest Giraffe" Calf Named Umeme (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    Jammin' at the Zoo, Now With Beer

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Saint Louis Zoo Announces Birth of 251-Pound Baby Elephant (PHOTOS)

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    Rep. Paul Fitzwater Likens Federal Health Care Coverage Expansion to Feeding "Zoo Animals"

    Buried in a CBS St. Louis story on the local impact of the Federal Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is a rather bizarre quote from Representative Paul Fitzwater (R-Potosi) which is coming under fire. Fitzwater was being interviewed about a study finding that says 525,000 Missourians will be eligi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    St. Louis Zoo Says There's No Evidence Employees Were Poisoned

    Apparently, some of the animals at the zoo can be found outside the cages. At least two workers at the St. Louis Zoo have complained that someone intentionally put chemicals in their beverages. A supervisor and his employee in the maintenance department both say they got a nauseating shock after le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Saint Louis Zoo Accused of Racially Insensitive Halloween Decorations

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2012

    At Last, The Mystery of the Saint Louis Zoo Polar Bears Has Been Solved!

    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 >>

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    April 17, 2012

    Campaign Attack: St. Louis Penguin Bites Newt Gingrich

    When Newt Gingrich lashed out at Fox News the other day, accusing it of unfairly slanting its coverage toward GOP primary rival Mitt Romney, you might say the candidate was biting the hand that fed him over the past decade. Last Friday in St. Louis the former speaker of the House received his own ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    And We Wonder Why Apes Throw Feces at Us?

    ​A pair of male lowland gorillas experienced a few hours of freedom yesterday at the Kansas City Zoo. According to the Kansas City Star, the 400-pound primates made their into a zookeepers' area where they were able to glimpse inside the enclosure that houses the zoo's female gorillas. "They were ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    Hellspawn Arrive at Saint Louis Zoo

    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 >>

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    September 1, 2011

    Saint Louis Zoo Unsympathetic to Publicity Stunt for Man Who Lacks Empathy

    Photo illustrationOh, what could have been!​The Saint Louis Zoo has put the kibosh on a publicity stunt that was to be held at noon in front of the polar bear exhibit. As Daily RFT reported earlier this week, Webster University graduate student David Schwartz was recently kicked out of the school' ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011
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    June 28, 2011

    Help Name Saint Louis Zoo's Baby Elephant

    The baby yet to be named.​The five most popular names for girls born in the United States last year were (in order from No. 1 to No. 5): Isabella, Sophia, Emma, Olivia and Ava. None of those names are among the four choices the Saint Louis Zoo is considering for the name of its new baby elephant. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Awwwh! Saint Louis Zoo Elephant Gives Birth to Baby

    Katie Pilgram - St. Louis Zoo​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Chimp Custody Battle Rages On, Owners Fined

    Not actually Suco.​Across the state in Kansas City, the saga of Suco the chimp continues. This October, the 21-year-old primate escaped the home she shared with Mark Archigo and Debbie Kaumans and went on a rampage, smashing a police car. She's been cooling her jets at the Kansas City Zoo since th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    Donna, St. Louis Zoo Elephant, Treated for Tuberculosis

    This is not an actual photo of Donna.​Oh, you poor pachyderm! The St. Louis Zoo's 40-year-old Asian elephant, Donna, is being treated for tuberculosis. Dr. Randy Junge, director of animal health at the zoo, told the Post-Dispatch that the staff is hopeful Donna will make a full recovery. She's bei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Forest Park's New Traffic Plan Runs Into the Ditch

    What's so confusing about this? Never mind.​Question: How do you spot a St. Louis tourist? Answer: Check out the people waiting 40 minutes to enter Forest Park along Hampton Avenue. (Rookie move, people!) After just two days of operation, St. Louis officials are changing a new traffic routing syst ... More >>

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    January 25, 2011

    Totally Adorable Black Rhino Calf Born at Saint Louis Zoo

    image viaThe new rhino calf and his mother, Kati Rain.​Congratulations to Kati Rain and Ajabu, two black rhinos at the Saint Louis Zoo, on the birth of their new calf. The calf, a male, arrived on January 14 and weighed 120-1/2 pounds. He's still unnamed, but has been nursing steadily and bond ... More >>

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    December 17, 2010

    Baby 'Roo At The Zoo Looks At You

    Your Friday dose of excessive cuteness is brought to you today by Nokopo, an absurdly adorable joey (that's a baby kangaroo to you and me) at the St. Louis Zoo. Nokopo is a six-month-old Matschie's Tree Kangaroo, an endangered species native to mountainous rainforests in Papua New Guinea.Like all 'r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    This We Know: Juara the Orangutan Did NOT Die of Physical Exhaustion

    Sorry if we hurt your feelings.​Wow. The coincidence. We almost wonder if we had something to do with it? Yesterday, Daily RFT reported new findings suggesting that orangutans are perhaps the laziest creatures in the animal kingdom. Then, hours later, the St. Louis Zoo announces that its 25-year-o ... More >>

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    July 9, 2010

    St. Louis Zoo Elephant Miscarries, Fuels Criticism of Pachyderm Exhibit

    One might say the same about the zoo's track record with elephants.​The St. Louis Zoo yesterday announced that one of its Asian elephants, Ellie, miscarried her 9-month-old fetus this week. Elephant pregnancies generally last 22 months. Zoo officials said they were not all that surprised by the mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    Check Out This Baby Camel!

    Meet Eli the bactrian camel. He was born last Thursday, March 11, in the Antelope Yards section of the Red Rocks area of the Saint Louis Zoo. He weighed 98 pounds. His parents are Minnie and Elvis, who also live in Red Rocks.Isn't he cute?Image source​

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    March 17, 2010

    Animal Rights Group Condemns Saint Louis Zoo for Elephant Pregnancies

    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 >>

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    February 16, 2010

    Saint Louis Zoo Will Remain Free for All -- Even "Zoosiers"

    Image sourceEven if you're from -- omigod! -- Jefferson County, they'll still let you in. For free.​Mayor Slay just Tweeted earlier this afternoon that the Saint Louis Zoo will remain free for all visitors. "A gift from city and county taxpayers," he writes.Last week the Missouri Senate had voted ... More >>

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    January 22, 2010

    This Week In St. Louis Elephant-Related News

    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 >>

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    November 13, 2009

    St. Louis Zoo Replaces Dead Polar Bears with Electronic Proxies

    Okay, so the story in today's business section of the Post-Dispatch is mostly about how a company that sells holiday decorations is opening an office in downtown St. Louis. (Yes, exciting!)But the real news is the photo (below) that accompanied the story.Post-Dispatch, Section B1, 11/13/2009​If yo ... More >>

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    August 19, 2009
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    July 29, 2009

    Zoo To Wine and Dine Elected Officials Again, Despite Protests from RFT's Favorite Alderman

    ​The Saint Louis Zoo recently mailed out letters to local elected officials inviting them and their families to attend a free breakfast reception, parking and passes to the zoo's paid attractions. The free day for politicians on August 8 follows a similar event the zoo hosted last year. The zoo de ... More >>

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    April 2, 2009

    No One Saw This Coming: PETA Urges Zoo to Close Polar Bear Exhibit

    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 >>

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    March 31, 2009 Comment o' The Day today's story on the death of the zoo's last polar bear, Hope, which died Monday of liver cancer at the age of reader Robert Walsh wonders: "Without any polar bears, how will the Post-Dispatch illustrate its story on our first 100-degree day this summ ... More >>

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    February 19, 2009

    Isn't It Time the Saint Louis Zoo Rethinks Its Position on Elephants?

    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 >>

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    January 8, 2009

    Elephant Treament Lands Saint Louis Zoo in "Hall of Shame"

    This just in from the In Defense of Animals organization: Our very own Saint Louis Zoo has landed in the "Hall of Shame" for the confinement and treatment of its elephants. Visitors to the zoo over the past few years may have noticed a foot brace on Clara (an elephant that was euthanized in 2007 at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2007

    Cold Comfort

    Who hasn't visited the Saint Louis Zoo on a hot summer afternoon and felt a little sorry for the polar bears? Make that polar bear. Hope's the only one left. Churchill and Penny died in 2005. A local whistle blower tipped the animal-activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of ... More >>

  • News

    December 13, 2006

    Zoo™ Suit

    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.

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    November 15, 2006
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    April 20, 2005

    Where Do Wolf Babies Come From?

    Sometimes Mother Nature can use a little human intervention

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    February 4, 2004

    Gopher Guts

    Elephant funerals and turtle necropsies: It's all in a day's work for the Saint Louis Zoo's Dr. Mary Duncan

  • News

    September 11, 2002

    Wildcat Strike

    Board of a sanctuary for lions, cougars and tigers takes a walk because the owners let the animals breed

  • News

    February 28, 2001

    Life in the Bughouse

    The Insectarium's keepers are mad about their charges

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