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Zebra Foal Makes Debut at St. Louis Zoo
Female Grevy's zebra foal at Saint Louis Zoo. Photo by Christy Poelker, St. Louis Zoo
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), July 17, 2014 - A female Grevy's zebra foal (pronunciation rhymes with Chevy), born at the Saint Louis Zoo on June 22, has made her public debut at the Zoo's Red Rocks area with her mother.
Makena (mah-KAY-nah), which means "happy one" in the East African language of Kikuyu, weighed 120 pounds at birth. Her parents are mother, 11-year-old Tiombe (tee-OHM-bee), and father, 11-year-old Gao (GOW).
The Saint Louis Zoo's WildCare Institute Center for Conservation in the Horn of Africa supports conservation of the endangered Grevy's zebra and other unique species in that region. In the last 30 years, the number of wild Grevy's zebras has dropped sharply, from 15,000 to fewer than 2,200.
The Zoo supports the Grevy's Zebra Trust - the only organization dedicated solely to the conservation of the Grevy's zebra. This independent wildlife conservation organization was established in 2007 to address the urgent need to conserve the endangered Grevy's zebra in the community rangelands and work holistically to secure critical resources and safeguard this species from extinction by engaging communities in its monitoring and protection.
Researchers from the Saint Louis Zoo and Washington University are observing the zebra family as part of an on-going behavior study which will provide valuable data for zoos and researchers in the wild.
The Grevy's zebra is the largest of all zebras, and its body stripes are the narrowest. Competition with livestock for food and water is the main reason for the decline in wild Grevy's zebra populations.
Stingrays at Caribbean Cove at Saint Louis Zoo
Stingrays at Caribbean Cove will be open through September 28, 2014, during Zoo hours.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), June 12, 2014 - Cownose rays and southern stingrays, horseshoe crabs, bonnethead, brown-banded and white-spotted bamboo sharks glide through a 17,000-gallon warm saltwater pool located under the Edward Jones Pavilion at the Caribbean Cove.
Guests are encouraged to dip their hands into the water and allow the animals to touch them. Occasionally, there will be an opportunity to feed the stingrays. These are hardy species that interact well with people in a safe and fun manner.
The 20-inch deep pool includes a waterfall and a state-of-the-art life support system. The pool also has solitary space and places for the animals to rest if they choose.
Zoo interpreters and educators will be on hand to help visitors and to share information about the animals, sustainable seafood and ocean conservation.
The Zoo's Education Department is planning several programs for children and adults throughout the summer. Some programs include A Day With the Rays, Wake Up With the Rays, Family and Scout Overnights, Camp KangaZoo and more. To register for programs, visit www.stlzoo.org/education or call (314) 646-4544.
Admission to Stingrays at Caribbean Cove is $4 per person. Zoo Friends members at the Family Level and above may use their Anywhere Plus passes for admission. Children under age 2 are free. Purchase a one-day Safari Pass for $12 and receive free admission to Stingrays at Caribbean Cove and other attractions. Admission is free the first hour the Zoo is open. Stingray feedings are $1.00 per cup. Groups of 15 or more may call (314) 646-4718 in advance for group discounts.
Stingrays at Caribbean Cove will be open through September 28, 2014, during Zoo hours. The Zoo's spring hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through May 22.
Beginning May 23 through September 1, 2014, the Zoo is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday for Prairie Farms Summer Zoo Weekends. The Zoo will close at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 20, because of A Zoo Ado, the Zoo's biennial fundraiser.
The Zoo will be open until 7 p.m. on Memorial Day, May 26; Independence Day Weekend, July 3-6; and Labor Day, Sept. 1. Starting September 2, the Zoo's hours return to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
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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