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Saint Louis Zoo's International Conservation Program Receives National Award
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 27, 2015, 2015 - The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has announced that the Saint Louis Zoo's submission on behalf of 52 AZA accredited institutions received Top Honors in its 2015 International Conservation Award for AZA Zoos Giving Voice to the Sahara: Sahara Conservation Fund (SCF) as a model for a zoo-driven conservation movement. This annual award recognizes exceptional efforts toward regional habitat preservation, species restoration, and support of biodiversity in the wild.
"Conservation is a high priority for all AZA-accredited aquariums and zoos," said President and CEO Jim Maddy. "SCF serves as a model for how AZA institutions working together can launch a conservation movement, and it is receiving this award for the direct, positive impact it is making on the future of the world's wildlife."
"SCF today is recognized as the authority on conservation in the Sahara. It works in some of the poorest nations on the planet, under harsh environmental conditions, in a region of the world that is no stranger to political instability and social unrest. Yet it has been able to thrive and engender the first real hope for a future for the Sahara's wildlife because of 52 AZA-accredited zoos and other partners rising to the challenge to speak for the Sahara's critically endangered wildlife," said Jeffrey Bonner, Ph.D., Dana Brown President & CEO of the Saint Louis Zoo. "SCF is our collective answer to that challenge. Through their commitment to make a difference, AZA zoos have played a leadership role in creating SCF and driving its mission. SCF is emblematic of what AZA zoos can do to become a conservation force on the planet."
In just a few short years of collaboration, there is now a reserve, the largest in Africa, where the last significant population of addax, one of the most critically endangered antelope, has a better chance for survival. The biggest bird on the planet, the Saharan race of the red-necked ostrich, extirpated across 95% of its range, is now breeding in captivity in a breeding compound in Niger, with real hope for reintroduction into the wild in the coming years. Plans are underway to restore the scimitar-horned oryx, extinct in the wild for several decades now,back to the wild in Chad. The challenges remain large, but so are the opportunities for zoos to collaborate through SCF for a brighter future for the Sahara's wildlife.
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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