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Name the Cubs Coming to St. Louis ZOO's New Grizzley Ridge Habitat
Female Grizzly Bear Cub photo by Nora Waddell, courtesy St. Louis ZOO
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 28, 2016 - ZooMontana is now the temporary home to two orphaned grizzly bear cubs. The sibling cubs, a 104-pound yearling female grizzly bear and a 123-pound yearling male, were captured near Ferndale in northwestern Montana July 15 when their mother was removed by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Service.
For approximately a year, prior to completion of a new bear habitat in St. Louis, ZooMontana will care for the cubs. The cubs will be available for public viewing in the coming weeks. When the new Grizzly Ridge habitat is completed in mid-2017, the bears will move to the Saint Louis Zoo.
In mid-July, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials signed a memorandum of understanding that determined both the temporary and final homes for the two wild grizzly bear cubs, now nine to 10 months old.
"Both agencies worked diligently with us to determine what was best for the cubs, and all of us at the Saint Louis Zoo are very happy to have been designated as the place where the two bears will live permanently," said Jeffrey P. Bonner, Ph.D., Dana Brown President and Chief Executive Officer of the Saint Louis Zoo. "We know they will enjoy their new St. Louis habitat once it is completed next year."
That habitat, Grizzly Ridge, will be the result of a complete reconstruction of the Saint Louis Zoo's historic 1920s-era bear grottos. When Grizzly Ridge opens, visitors will be able to watch grizzly bears through a floor-to-ceiling viewing area for the first time at the Zoo. A gigantic glass wall will allow views of the bears catching their food or enjoying the habitat's waterfalls, pools and rocky bluffs.
ZooMontana's care team selected potential male names for one bear, while the Saint Louis Zoo care team chose female names for his sibling. Montanans are asked to vote for the name of the male bear and St. Louisans for the female.
From now through 11:59 p.m., October 6, 2016, you can vote for your favorite name. The five female name choices from Saint Louis Zoo staff are:
Finley - A nod to Huckleberry Finn (also means "fair warrior")
Helena - Mt. Helena in Montana
Skye - Montana is the Big Sky State
Ursula - A twist on bear taxonomy ursidae
Wynn - A mountain in Glacier National Park
To vote online for your favorite of the five female names, visit stlzoo.org/GrizzlyCubs. Votes will be tallied and the winning names revealed on October 7.
St. Louis Zoo Chosen as Nation's #1 "Best Free Attraction"
Visitors to McDonnell Polar Bear Point at St. Louis Zoo can enjoy the playfulness of Kali, as well as the Penguin & Puffin Coast exhibit. Archived © slfp.com photo
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 4, 2016 - The Saint Louis Zoo today chosen as the #1 free attraction in the nation by the USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice Awards Program.
The Saint Louis Zoo was the only zoo selected for consideration when USA Today asked visitors to its website to help pick the 10Best free attractions from a list of 20 that travel experts selected. Today results were announced, following four weeks of voting.
"We thank people throughout the nation and our region for voting for the Zoo and making this possible," said Jeffrey P. Bonner, Ph.D., Dana Brown President and CEO, Saint Louis Zoo. "We very much appreciate the support of our visitors and the hundreds of thousands who visit our social media sites regularly.
"This honor was also made possible by the strong support of the taxpayers of St. Louis city and County, our generous donors, members, volunteers and employees. They make the Saint Louis Zoo great. This is a win for the entire St. Louis region and its residents and civic leaders who have long supported and appreciated St. Louis' world-class FREE zoo," stated Bonner.
The Zoo was selected over Central Park in New York City, Balboa Park (home to San Diego Zoo) in San Diego, and Millennium Park in Chicago. Votes for the Zoo were greater than those for the Alamo, the Golden Gate Bridge and Boston's Freedom Trail. The list also included the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C., among others.
In its description of the Saint Louis Zoo, USA Today reported, "the 90-acre Zoo exhibits 600 species of animals representing every continent and major biome on the planet. It
s also one of the nation's few zoos with free entry, though some exhibits and shows charge small admission fees. The zoo
s Penguin & Puffin Coast exhibit is one of the best penguin habitats in the country, with four species of penguins and two species of puffins on display."
Admission has been free at the Saint Louis Zoo since its founding in 1910. The Zoo is open every day of the year except Christmas and New Year's Day. The Zoo attracts about 3,200,000 visitors each year.
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.
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 $15 per day. Parking for buses, motor homes and R.V.s is $30 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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