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Baby Sifaka Lemur Welcomed at Saint Louis Zoo
The baby sifaka lemur's name is Kapika (kah-PEE-kah), which means "peanut" in Malagasy. Photo courtesy Ray Meibaum/Saint Louis Zoo
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 13, 2014 - A female baby Coquerel's sifaka (CAHK-ker-rells sh-FAHK), an endangered lemur species from Madagascar, was born at the Saint Louis Zoo's Primate House on January 21, 2014, and can now be seen by visitors.
This is the fourth baby for mother, Almirena (al-mah-REE-nah), age 12, from the Los Angeles Zoo, and father Caligula, age 16, from Duke Lemur Center. The baby's name is Kapika (kah-PEE-kah), which means "peanut" in Malagasy.
Visitors can see the sifaka family - baby, mother, father, 2-year-old female, Martine, and 3-year-old female, Sophie - indoors at the Primate House.
Sifakas are among the most amazing types of lemurs because of their long, frog-like legs. Clinging to the trunk of a tree, sifakas can kick off with their powerful legs and leap more than 30 feet to another tree. On the ground, with arms raised, they move in a charmingly odd bipedal hop.
Lemurs are a group of primates that are found in the wild only in Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world. The Saint Louis Zoo is home to the international headquarters of the Madagascar Fauna Group, a consortium of zoos and aquariums committed to conserving lemurs and other wildlife species within their native habitat.
First Bank Sea Lion Shows with "Spring Training"
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 9, 2014 - First Bank Sea Lion Shows at the Saint Louis Zoo will begin early this year with "Spring Training" shows starting March 15, 2014.
The sea lions of summer are back and reporting to spring training at Sea Lion Sound. The trainers are working with the intelligent pinnipeds on hurdle and high jumps, flipper walks, balancing acts, high dives, Frisbee tosses and other acrobatic and athletic behaviors.
The "Fish League" practices even include a few baseball-themed activities for the animal athletes - Cardinals-inspired, of course. Spring Training shows are at 1 and 3 p.m. daily March 15-30. Timed tickets are $2 per person. Children under two are free.
Opening Day for this season's show is April 5 with performances on Saturdays and Sundays only through May 25. Daily summer shows run Memorial Day through Labor Day, May 26 to Sept. 1. Show times are 10:30 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m., with an additional show at 5 p.m. on May 26 and on weekends and holidays in summer. Timed tickets for these shows are $4 per person. Children under two are free.
Tickets may be purchased at the Sea Lion Show ticket booth. Zoo members may redeem their Anywhere passes for timed tickets at a Welcome Desk or at the Sea Lion Show ticket booth.
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.
Accent your office, restaurant, hotel or home with exciting images of St. Louis. For a fine art print of the 1904 World's Fair Bird Cage, see stlouisphotos.com
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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