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January 19, 2023

Conservation

Flexing for Mussels in Illinois

Insectarium Keeper Robert ‘Grey’ Andre discusses a recent survey of freshwater mussels in Illinois.

January 09, 2023

Conservation

Does Absence Make the Heart Grow Fonder?

Saint Louis Zoo Animal Welfare Scientist Ashley Edes reflects on how Zoo animals responded to guests returning after COVID-19 closure.

December 28, 2022

Conservation

¿Cuánto vale la vida de un delfín?

La directora del Instituto de Medicina de la Conservación del Zoológico de Saint Louis, Sharon Deem, reflexiona sobre una misión de rescate de delfines de río en Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.

December 28, 2022

Conservation

What’s a Dolphin’s Life Worth?

Director of the Saint Louis Zoo Institute for Conservation Medicine Sharon Deem reflects on a river dolphin rescue mission in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.

April 20, 2022

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Foxes, Coyotes, Bobcats, Oh My! A New Conservation Initiative

The Saint Louis Zoo is leading a new Missouri-based project called the Canid Conservation Initiative. This is a collaborative program between the Zoo, Washington University (Living Earth Collaborative) and the Endangered Wolf Center located in Eureka, Missouri.

December 14, 2021

Conservation

Conservation Notes From the Field in Armenia

The Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute Center for Conservation in Western Asia has been conducting field research in the country of Armenia for over a decade. In September 2021, herpetology staff at the Zoo traveled to Armenia to conduct field research on endangered reptiles. Keeper Justin Elden documented the trip, and readers are invited to learn more about this international conservation effort in Elden’s own words.

September 20, 2021

Conservation

Conversations About Climate Change Should Be Hopeful

Hannah Phillips is the Manager of Docents and Interpreters at the Saint Louis Zoo. She is passionate about meeting people "where they are at" to inspire curiosity, empathy and action for the natural world. When I learned the Saint Louis Zoo was joining The National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation network (NNOCCI), I was excited.

August 31, 2021

Conservation

An Empty Lab Filled with Active Science

Over the past months, research interns again became a familiar sight in the Endangered Species Research Hospital. Their presence is a welcome change from last year, when many students abruptly ended their internships to return home due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing safety precautions and university shutdowns.

July 27, 2021

Conservation

Zoological Registrars and the Gateway to Zoos

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June 16, 2021

Conservation

Secret Science at the Zoo

Author: David Powell, Director of Research, Saint Louis Zoo

April 26, 2021

Conservation

Turtle Dogs

Turtle dogs! Saint Louis Zoo scientists have partnered with some very special assistants: seven turtle-detecting spaniels. The Boykin spaniels helped us track and retrieve box turtles – their strong sense of smell allows them to find hidden turtles our researchers might miss. (And they're faster than us, too!)

February 24, 2021

Conservation

Zoo experts could be breakout stars in race against future pandemics

This Year of the Pandemic has been unrelentingly cruel, but there are a few things it wasn't: unexpected, unforeseen or a surprise.

December 05, 2019

Conservation

Notes From The Field - Armenia

By Mark Wanner, Zoological Manager of Herpetology and Aquatics, and Justin Elden, Herpetarium Keeper

December 04, 2019

Conservation

International Cheetah Day 2019

Happy #InternationalCheetah Day! The Saint Louis Zoo is celebrating the magnificence of the cheetah, raising awareness of the threats cheetahs face in the wild and educating visitors about the amazing conservation efforts to #SaveTheCheetah!

November 01, 2019

Conservation

One Health Day 2019

Animal health, human health and conservation go hand in hand. In our work, we study all these aspects to better understand the interconnectedness of health for all life on our planet. This defines the concept of One Health. And guess what? November 3 is #InternationalOneHealthDay!

October 23, 2019

Conservation

Representing the Hellbender in Virginia

This summer has been a blur for me and the other hellbender keepers of the Ron Goellner Center for Hellbender Conservation, part of the Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute. Preparing for our seasonal routine of releasing hellbenders into the wild with the Missouri Department of Conservation made for an extremely busy summer.

January 17, 2019

Conservation

Helping the Cuban Crocodile

Last month, a team of reptile and health specialists from four zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), led by Jamie Palmer, Saint Louis Zoo Institution for Conservation Medicine technician, and Lauren Augustine, Curator of Herpetology at the Saint Louis Zoo, traveled to Matanzas province, Cuba, to conduct health evaluations on Cuban crocodiles at the Zapata Crocodile Farm (ZCF).