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New Tasmanian Devil Habitat to Open in Children's Zoo
New Tasmanian Devil habitat to open at Children's Zoo, photo courtesy Shannon Santangelo, Saint Louis Zoo
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), April 19, 2016 - The Saint Louis Zoo now cares for two female Tasmanian devils in a new $550,000 Emerson Children's Zoo habitat, opening Thursday, April 28.
This Tasmanian-themed habitat was built specifically for these endangered animals, and the sisters' arrival marks the first time in 30 years that the Saint Louis Zoo has cared for this species.
At the new habitat, Zoo visitors will be able to view the Tasmanian devils through two, eight-feet-high and eight-feet-wide Ornilux glass panels. This is the first exhibit at the Zoo to incorporate this special glass, which is glazed with ultraviolet reflective striping that is highly visible to birds, yet almost invisible to humans.
The habitat offers the animals more than 2,000 square feet of outdoor living space and includes two dens, a fresh water pond and a landscape of hardy plants, boulders and logs. The dens are cooled in the summer and heated in the winter with water circulating through a grid of piping in the den floor. The habitat also offers the animals an elevated area where they can look over the exhibit area below, and it has been specially constructed to provide plenty of soil for these expert diggers to burrow.
"Because Tasmanian devils are in such trouble in the wild, the Saint Louis Zoo has joined other like-minded conservation organizations in an initiative to secure a healthy future for this species," said Jeffrey P. Bonner, Ph.D., Dana Brown President and Chief Executive Officer of the Saint Louis Zoo. "These two animals will serve as ambassadors to raise awareness among our 3.2 million annual visitors about the need to save the wild devil population."
On March 23, the two female devils named Yindi (YIN-dee) and Jannali (JAN-al-ee), both age 2, arrived in St. Louis from Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, Australia. Tasmanian devils are found in the wild only in Tasmania, an island state of Australia.
Stingrays at Caribbean Cove Now Open at Saint Louis Zoo
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), April 17, 2016 - Stingrays at Caribbean Cove presented by Mercy Kids runs through Oct. 2, 2016.
Cownose rays and southern stingrays, along with bonnethead, brown-banded and white-spotted bamboo sharks glide through a 17,000-gallon warm saltwater pool located under the Edward Jones Pavilion. 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 bonnethead shark is the smallest member of the hammerhead family. They have semi-circular heads resembling a shovel or bonnet. Bamboo sharks are sometimes called "cat sharks" because the barbels, or sensory organs, near their mouths resemble cat whiskers.
The sharks at Stingrays at Caribbean Cove are small, shy and docile fish and pose no danger to humans. They range from two-and-a-half to four feet in length and are bottom-dwelling species that prey on small fish, crabs and invertebrates. Visitors will not be feeding the sharks, but they will be able to touch the sharks as they swim by.
Cownose rays and southern stingrays are related to sharks. Stingrays have flat bodies, long pointed fins and long whip-like tails that can be used for defense against predators. At Stingrays at Caribbean Cove, their stingers or barbs are painlessly clipped back just as human fingernails are clipped. Staff at the exhibit will monitor the stingrays throughout the season to ensure that the barbs stay neatly trimmed.
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 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.
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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