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Saint Louis Zoo Launches Naming Poll for Baby Orangutan
This beautiful baby oranguta was born December 14, to mother Merah, and father, Cinta, at the Zoo's Jungle of the Apes. Photo courtesy Stephanie Braccini/Saint Louis Zoo.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), January 6, 2015 - The Saint Louis Zoo's new baby Sumatran orangutan doesn't have a name - yet. Starting today, you can cast your vote in the Saint Louis Zoo's Name the Baby poll.
The Zoo's Great Ape care team was asked to select a few potential female names for this beautiful baby, born December 14, to mother Merah, and father, Cinta, at the Zoo's Jungle of the Apes. The baby orangutan is not currently on view.
From now through midnight, January 16, 2015, you can vote for your favorite name: The four name choices from Zoo staff are:
To vote online for your favorite of these four names, visit www.stlzoo.org, www.facebook.com/stlzoo, www.twitter.com/stlzoo, www.Instagram.com/stlzoo and www.pinterest.com/stlzoo. You may also vote in person at the North Entrance Zoo Welcome Desk or by mailing a "Vote for the Baby Orangutan Name" postcard with your name, address and your desired baby name to Name the Baby Orangutan, Saint Louis Zoo, #1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO, 63110.
Votes will be tallied and the winning name revealed during a baby shower for Merah and the newborn on Monday, January 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at Jungle of the Apes. Join us to watch Merah reveal her baby's name, and see the orangutans enjoy special enrichment presents and a cake.
Both orangutan species, one endemic to Borneo, the other endemic to Sumatra, are highly endangered due to an alarming rate of habitat loss. A global demand for palm oil has resulted in widespread deforestation and subsequent drastic declines in the number of orangutans that survive in the wild.
The Saint Louis ZOO is home to more than 3,000 animals and features Jungle of the Apes and Big Cat Country. Additional attractions include the Emerson Electric Children's Zoo, The Living World educational center, River's Edge, "Penguin & Puffin Coast," Monsanto Insectarium, Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel, sea lion shows and bird house.
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The World's Fair Flight Cage at the Zoo and the Saint Louis Art Museum, located north east of the Zoo, are the two structures remaining in Forest Park that were built for the 1904 World's Fair. Photos highlighting the 1904 World's Fair can be seen at the Missouri Historical Society, located in the Jefferson Memorial Building in Forest Park.
The Zoo is open year round, except December 25 and January 1. Summer hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Non-summer hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. General admission to the Zoo is FREE. Parking on the Zoo's two lots is $11 per day. Parking for buses, motor homes and R.V.s is $22 and is available on the South Lot only. Some events and special programs may have an admission cost.
Note: Coolers and picnic baskets are permitted on the Zoo grounds. There are picnic tables located in central areas at the Zoo. All major facilities are wheelchair accessible, as are most restrooms. Wheelchairs and strollers are available to rent at The Living World and South Gate. Wheelchairs: $7 per day; motorized vehicles (limited number) available to those 18 years or older with a major credit card: $25 per day; single strollers are $7 per day; double strollers are $9 per day. For more information, please call 314-781-0900, 1-800-966-8877 or TDD: 314-768-5421.
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