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Billy Brennan, Director of Public Relations & Government Affairs

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Megan Pellock, Public Relations Coordinator

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May 30, 2023

Western Lowland Gorilla Kayin Joins Saint Louis Zoo

Male western lowland gorilla Kayin (Kay’-in) arrived safely at the Saint Louis Zoo last week, completing a move that was based on a recommendation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

May 16, 2023

New Studies on Local Turtles and Galapagos Tortoises

Saint Louis Zoo staff, in collaboration with Saint Louis University and others, published two new studies on the effects of human activities on turtles and tortoises.

April 28, 2023

Saint Louis Zoo Helps Release Thousands of Tropical Snails

Zoo keepers from four institutions, including the Saint Louis Zoo, have released thousands of tropical snails into their French Polynesian island homes. These snails were bred in various zoos in an effort to reintroduce several snail species, a few of which are extinct in the wild.

February 16, 2023

Ivory Surrender Events Invite Public to “Toss The Tusk” to Save Elephants

Association of Zoos & Aquariums, AZA’s Wildlife Trafficking Alliance, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announce public events that draw attention to the elephant poaching crisis and illegal trade of elephant ivory in the United States. The Saint Louis Zoo will participate on Friday, August 11.

December 07, 2022

Big Cat Public Safety Act

Following a decade of advocacy, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums heralds Congressional approval of the ‘Big Cat Public Safety Act.’ The bill now heads to President Biden’s desk for approval. Saint Louis Zoo involved in advocating for this bill

November 22, 2022

Forest Park Living Lab

The Forest Park Living Lab is a partnership of Forest Park Forever, The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, Saint Louis University, the Saint Louis Zoo, Washington University in St. Louis and the World Bird Sanctuary.

October 28, 2022

First Baby Francois’ Langur Ever Born at the Saint Louis Zoo

Just in time for Halloween, we share with you our newest and cutest li’l pumpkin-haired baby, Rhubarb! The 1-month-old female Francois’ langur was born on September 30 to mom Dolly and dad Deshi at the Michael and Quirsis Riney Primate Canopy Trails at the Saint Louis Zoo.

October 18, 2022

The Health of Ambassador Animals

Have you ever visited the Zoo and enjoyed a close-up encounter with an animal? If so, you likely interacted with one of the Zoo’s many animal ambassadors.

August 16, 2022

10,000th hellbender released to the wild

The Saint Louis Zoo, Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) are celebrating a historic milestone in hellbender conservation in Missouri. As of August 2022, the total Saint Louis Zoo-raised endangered Ozark and eastern hellbenders released into the wild since 2008 now numbers over 10,000 individuals.

July 12, 2022

Amur Leopard Cubs Explore Big Cat Country

On Tuesday, July 12, two 3-month-old Amur leopard cub females, Anya and Irina (pronounced Ah-na and eye-REE-na), were given access for the first time to their outdoor habitat at Big Cat Country at the Saint Louis Zoo.

May 09, 2022

Research published: Nonlethal parasites reduce how much their wild hosts eat, leading to ecosystem effects

A new study led by Washington University in St. Louis uses a mathematical model and a global meta-analysis to highlight the cascading consequences of common parasitic infections in wild animals on terrestrial ecosystems.