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June 06, 2023

National Caves and Karst Day

June 6 is National Caves and Karst Day

June 06, 2023

A Sea Lion Story: Ella's Journey to the Saint Louis Zoo

Ella, our newest California sea lion, arrived at the Saint Louis Zoo in November 2022. Her journey to the Zoo has been a unique one.

May 25, 2023


Notes from the Field: A Dream Come True in Armenia

During recent fieldwork in Armenia, Herpetarium Keeper Isaac Wilson supported conserving animals in Western Asia, specifically Armenia, through the Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute Center for Conservation in Western Asia.

May 11, 2023

Happy Endangered Species Day!

The Zoo is celebrating Endangered Species Day on Friday, May 19, 2023! Dive into this long post to learn about the several animals highlighted on this special day.

April 21, 2023

Our Animals

Happy Birthday, Amur Leopards Anya and Irina!

On Friday, April 21, 2023, Amur leopards Anya and Irina turned one year old! Carnivore Keeper Jackie McGarrahan dives into their first year in the blog!

April 19, 2023


Notes from the Field: Cheetah Conservation Up Close

During recent fieldwork in Namibia, Carnivore Keeper Carolyn Kelly supported Cheetah Conservation Fund, an organization that takes a holistic approach to saving cheetahs and their habitats.

March 31, 2023

The Boundless Benefits of Biomaterials

How do zoos contribute to science? In a recent blog, Saint Louis Zoo Director of Research David Powell addresses this question while diving into a recent study on zoos’ contributions to science and society.

March 28, 2023

From Galápagos to Madagascar: A Journey to Save Tortoises

In November 2022, staff from the Saint Louis Zoo Institute for Conservation Medicine and Saint Louis Zoo Department of Animal Health traveled to southern Madagascar to perform health evaluations of critically endangered radiated tortoises slated to be released back into the wild.

March 17, 2023

Meet Lead Horticulturalist Bridget Whittaker!

Bridget is the woman responsible for assisting the horticulture manager and supporting the team of 13 employees that maintain and care for the Zoo’s many landscape and interior plantscapes.

March 13, 2023


Introducing the Pack

Keeper Jeremy Martin introduces the American red wolf pack at Saint Louis Zoo Sears Lehmann, Jr. Wildlife Reserve, located in Franklin County, Missouri.

February 10, 2023

Our Animals

Birds of a Feather Give Corticosterone Concentrations Together

Saint Louis Zoo Endocrinologist Corinne Kozlowski discusses the important information the Zoo gathers from "lucky" feathers.

January 27, 2023

Our Animals

Assessing Equid Friendship

Manager of Behavioral Sciences Eli Baskir addresses this equid socialization while diving into research that uses data taken over nearly a decade.

January 19, 2023


Flexing for Mussels in Illinois

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

January 09, 2023


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


¿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


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


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.

January 24, 2022

Our Animals

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. Animal ambassadors are individual animals that help educate the public about their species. Currently, the Saint Louis Zoo does not have these animals interacting with guests.

December 26, 2021

Current Events

Swim Like Nobody’s Watching: How Guests May Impact Behavior in Zoo Penguins

If you have visited the Saint Louis Zoo, then chances are you’ve been splashed with icy cold water from frolicking penguins at the always-chilly Lichtenstein Penguin Cove at Penguin & Puffin Coast. In the wild, these natural swimmers spend much of their lives in the ocean hunting for food.

December 16, 2021

Our Animals

Embracing Elderly Elephant Care

I’m Becky Heisler, a keeper in the River’s Edge of the Saint Louis Zoo. My passion for elephants began in graduate school, where I studied with an elephant reproductive specialist. From there, I began my career at the Zoo as a River’s Edge keeper and have been in this position ever since.
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