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July 12, 2023

Assistant Secretary Estenoz Visits the Saint Louis Zoo

Visit comes as nation celebrates Endangered Species Act’s 50th Anniversary.

In partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Missouri Department of Conservation, it was an honor to host Shannon Estenoz, Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, at the Zoo earlier this week to highlight the conservation efforts of the hellbender and the American burying beetle. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, we also celebrated the success and recovery of these at-risk species. Learn more at U.S. Department of the Interior's website.

American burying beetle
Kayla Garcia, Zoological Manager, Invertebrates, with Assistant Secretary Shannon Estenoz and discussing American burying beetles
Justin Elden, Curator of Herpetology, with Assistant Secretary Shannon Estenoz, discussing hellbenders
group photo
Assistant Secretary Shannon Estenoz with Zoo staff, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Missouri Department of Conservation officials