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Grizzly Ridge Opens at the Zoo
Huck and Finley are the new residents at Grizzly Ridge, the $11.1 million, 7,000 square feet, state-of-the-art habitat, which features a large freshwater wading pool, waterfall and stream, climbing and back-scratching rocks. Photos courtesy St. Louis Zoo
St. Louis Zoo Introduces Huck and Finley at Grizzly Ridge
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, September 17, 2017 - The Centene Grizzly Ridge, has opened at St. Louis Zoo.

The first residents of Grizzly Ridge are two orphaned grizzly bear siblings from Montana. The now 2 1/2-year-old bears - a 350-pound male named Huckleberry (Huck) and a 250-pound female named Finley - were rescued as cubs near Ferndale in northwestern Montana on July 15, 2016, when their mother was removed by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Service for repeated nuisance behavior around humans.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Service signed a memorandum of understanding in 2016 that determined the cubs would temporarily stay at ZooMontana until their permanent home at the Saint Louis Zoo was complete.

"We are so grateful to the Centene Charitable Foundation and many other donors for supporting the Saint Louis Zoo Association for this exhibit," said Jeffrey P. Bonner, Ph.D., Dana Brown President and CEO, Saint Louis Zoo. "Because of their generosity, we have built a state-of-the-art exhibit that demonstrates how the Zoo combines its innovative exhibit history and dedication to animal welfare."

The $11.1 million state-of-the-art habitat is twice the size of the old bear grottos, including approximately 7,000 square feet of outdoor habitat, which features a large freshwater wading pool, waterfall and stream, climbing and back-scratching rocks, a variety of substrates (grasses, mulch and sand), and other features to stimulate the bears mentally and physically. The new habitat also has over 3,300 square feet of behind-the-scenes space.

This exhibit was made possible by the generosity of many donors, including a meaningful contribution from the Centene Charitable Foundation.

"The Saint Louis Zoo is one of the region's greatest attractions and is recognized as one of the nation's top wildlife conservation, research and education centers," said Marcela Manjarrez-Hawn, Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer for Centene. "The Centene Charitable Foundation is proud to be a part of bringing this new exhibit to our hometown."

Some of the other supporters are recognized at the various viewing points into the bears' expansive outdoor habitat: Grizzly Glade, a gift from The Bellwether Foundation, Grizzly Hollow, a gift from the Hermann Family, Palisades Overlook, a gift from Safety National, and River Bluff Overlook, a gift from U.S. Bank.

"This new exhibit allows us to provide our grizzly bears with excellent daily care and a very enriching environment," said Saint Louis Zoo Curator of Mammals/Carnivores Steve Bircher. "We really think that visitors will love seeing these large carnivores up close in a way they've never been able to before. It's through these personal connections that we hope to inspire people to advocate for these animals in the wild."

In 2010, the Zoo launched The Living Promise Campaign to raise $120 million for the building of dynamic, new animal exhibits, enhance the visitor experience, improve the Zoo's infrastructure and strengthen its endowment. The Zoo exceeded the $120 million goal by $14 million when the Campaign ended in 2014. Grizzly Ridge is the culminating project for the Campaign.

In addition to providing funds to build Grizzly Ridge, McDonnell Polar Bear Point, and Sea Lion Sound, the Campaign has covered the costs of converting the old elephant house into Peabody Hall, creating the Wells Fargo South Arrival Experience, building the Myron Glassberg Family Maintenance Facility, adding a fourth naturalistic area for elephants - Elephant Woods - and three new River's Edge habitats for painted dogs, Andean bears and Malayan sun bears.

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1904 World's Fair Bird Cage
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
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.

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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