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Penguin & Puffin Coast to re-open on March 5 at Saint Louis Zoo
The king penguins will be part of a parade, March 5, during re-opening festivities for the Penguin & Puffin Coast. Photo courtesy Robin Winkelman/Saint Louis Zoo.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), February 5, 2015 - The Penguin & Puffin Coast at the Saint Louis Zoo will re-open to the public on Thursday, March 5 at 10:30 a.m. with a parade of king and gentoo penguins leading the way. Immediately following the parade, the exhibit will once again be open to the public every day.
"We know our visitors have missed the penguins and we're happy to bring them back," stated Jeffrey P. Bonner, Ph.D., Dana Brown President and Chief Executive Officer of the Saint Louis Zoo. "Our spectacular new Polar Bear Point will be well worth the wait."
The exhibit has been closed since Sept. 2013 for construction of McDonnell Polar Bear Point, which is next door to the penguin habitats. The Humboldt penguins have been receiving visitors at their outdoor habitat since Oct. 2014; however, the indoor portion of the exhibit has remained closed to the public. Major construction of Polar Bear Point will be complete by this spring, and the exhibit is expected to open in summer 2015.
Penguin & Puffin coast opened in 2003 and is home to about 100 oceanic birds - penguins from the Southern hemisphere and puffins from the Northern hemisphere. The Dennis & Judy Jones Family Humboldt Haven is the outdoor habitat for the Humboldt penguins, a threatened species found only along the rugged Pacific coast of Peru and Chile. The 45-degree indoor Lichtenstein Penguin Cove is home to rockhopper, king and gentoo penguins. Horned and tufted puffins live in the Taylor Family Puffin Bay. Visitors can see these sea birds on land and underwater in this unique walk-through exhibit.
Baby Colobus Monkey Born at Saint Louis Zoo's Primate House
A male black and white colobus (CAHL-uh-bus) monkey named Simon was born at the Saint Louis Zoo's Primate House on Dec. 30, 2014. Photo courtesy Ethan Riepl/Saint Louis Zoo.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), February 3, 2015 - A male black and white colobus (CAHL-uh-bus) monkey named Simon was born at the Saint Louis Zoo's Primate House on Dec. 30, 2014.
Colobus infants are born with all white hair and a pink face. In contrast, adults are primarily black, with white hair encircling their faces and half of their tails. They have a distinctive mantle of long white hair extending from their shoulders around the edge of their backs. Infants will change gradually until they reach adult coloration at about 6 months.
Cecelia, age 16, is an experienced mother who is taking great care of her newborn and 2-year-old daughter Kivuli (Kih-VOO-lee). Also in the family is 27-year-old matriarch Roberta, mother to 2-1/2-year-old daughter Pili (PEE-lee) and 1-year-old daughter Binti (BIN-tee). Nine-year-old father Kima (KEE-muh) watches proudly over the family.
"A new infant is always the focus of so much excitement and attention for the family," said Joe Knobbe, Zoological Manager of Primates at the Saint Louis Zoo. "It's important for everyone to have a role in the care of the newborn. Older sister Kivuli has taken particular interest in her new baby brother and is often seen holding or even carrying him. She's learning important skills that will help her become a great mother, too, someday."
The family can be seen at the Primate House. Visitors can see the infant poking his head out to look at his new world.
The colobus monkey, a threatened species, is found throughout the forests of east and central Africa. The birth is part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Colobus Species Survival Plan (SSP), a program to manage a genetically healthy population of black and white colobus monkeys in North American zoos.
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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