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McDonnell Polar Bear Point Opens June 6 at Saint Louis Zoo
Polar bear "Kali", seen above at Buffalo Zoo in April, is now resting comfortably in the Saint Louis Zoo's new McDonnell Polar Bear Point. (Photo courtesy Kelly Ann Brown/Buffalo Zoo)
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), May 24, 2015 - Kali (pronounced "Cully"), a 2 1/2-year-old, 850-pound male polar bear that was orphaned in Alaska as a cub, is now resting comfortably in the Saint Louis Zoo's new McDonnell Polar Bear Point exhibit, which is set to open to the public, Saturday, June 6.
The new 40,000-square-foot McDonnell Polar Bear Point exhibit will bring visitors nose-to-nose with a swimming polar bear and offers new insights into the lives of polar bears and the Arctic people who rely on them.
"This wonderful habitat shows our commitment to protecting polar bears, which are declining in the wild and are highly vulnerable," said Jeffrey P. Bonner, Ph.D., Dana Brown President and Chief Executive Officer of the Saint Louis Zoo. "By working to not only conserve polar bears in the wild but to offer a wonderful habitat for breeding and caring for bears, we can help save these iconic animals."
Kali came to St. Louis from the Buffalo Zoo, where he has lived since May 2013. In March 2013, the orphaned bear was turned over to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) by an Alaskan hunter who unknowingly killed Kali's mother in a subsistence hunt.
Kali's new home next to Penguin & Puffin Coast in The Wild section at the Zoo transitions seamlessly from sea to coastline to land. The "sea" area features an arctic cave room with an expansive glass viewing wall where visitors can peer deeply into the 50,000-gallon Polar Dive Pool. This large glass panel also offers a split view into and across the pool and on to Bear Beach, created with sand, pebbles and rock formations.
The moraine or "coastline" offers a scenic view that includes carved rock made to look as if it was formed by glaciers. It also features a large panoramic view with nine curved, faceted glass panels spanning 55 feet and offering a view of Bear Beach.
The grassy "tundra" area provides a unique polar bear interaction area, where visitors can observe bear behavior up close at a glass/mesh door as keepers offer enrichment or go through training exercises with this remarkable animal. This observation area is in the center of a seven-panel, 48-foot curved, panoramic glass viewing wall.
Stingrays at Caribbean Cove at Saint Louis Zoo
Stingrays at Caribbean Cove will be open through Oct. 4, 2015, during Zoo hours.
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) - 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 October 4, 2015, during Zoo hours. The Zoo's spring hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through May 21.
Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, May 22 through Sept. 7, 2015, 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 noon on Friday, June 19, because of ZOOFARI, the Zoo's biennial fundraiser.
The Zoo will be open until 7 p.m. on Memorial Day, May 25; Independence Day Weekend, July 3-5; and Labor Day, Sept. 7. Starting Sept. 8, 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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