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St. Louis Zoo Unveils Primate House Outdoor Expansion
Visitors will be able to wander among the treetops on a boardwalk through the Majestic Forest, one of three large habitats being built around existing trees. Image courtesy St. Louis Zoo >>>
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), May 26, 2019 - The Saint Louis Zoo has debuted its plans for the creation of Primate Canopy Trails, an $11.5 million, 35,000-square-foot outdoor expansion of the Primate House. Construction for Primate Canopy Trails will begin by late 2019 and is scheduled to open to the public in 2021. Primate Canopy Trails will consist of eight new outdoor homes for primates - lemurs, Old World monkeys and New World monkeys - adjacent to the Primate House.
In a release, Jeffrey P. Bonner, Ph.D., Dana Brown President and CEO, Saint Louis Zoo, said, "Most importantly, Primate Canopy Trails allows us to improve animal care, health and well-being by providing access to enriching outdoor habitats, sunlight and fresh air. It also will allow visitors to experience primates like never before."
New overhead mesh tunnels connected to the Primate House will lead to tall existing sycamore trees and other outdoor habitats. These "sky trails" will have a flexible design that allow animals to explore different habitats at different times, boosting the stimulation in their daily lives. Zoo visitors also will find different primate species in new places each time they visit, creating fresh experiences for animals and humans alike.
"Being outside is critical for primates' well-being, and this new habitat is a demonstration of the Zoo's commitment to providing quality animal care," said Heidi Hellmuth, Curator of Primates, Saint Louis Zoo.
On any given day, a group of primates could be in a wide variety of habitats. The Zoo estimates that there could be as many as 70 different habitat combinations for the various groups of primates to enjoy Primate Canopy Trails.
"One thing all our primates have in common is their love of the canopies and habitats situated high in the trees," said Hellmuth. "However, many primates worldwide are threatened with extinction and have declining populations, mostly due to extensive habitat loss, including forests."
Primate Canopy Trails features climbing structures that allow visitors to explore much like monkeys and lemurs move about their forest homes. While exploring and playing, visitors learn about the importance of preserving the world's forests. Visitors also will be able to experience primates at treetop canopy levels, strolling by the outdoor habitat on an elevated boardwalk. At one point, visitors can travel through a primate habitat within a clear acrylic tunnel.
Built in 1925, the Primate House is home to approximately 40 primates representing 14 different species. Although the indoor habitats were renovated in 1977 and will continue to be used, there are only six outdoor habitats currently available for use by lemurs, sifaka [she-FOCK] and saki [SAH-key] monkeys alone. Many species have no access to the outdoors because the animals are too small or too strong for the existing mesh of the outdoor habitats.
The increased number, size and complexity of habitats also will allow the Zoo to increase its participation in cooperative breeding programs, as the Zoo will be able to accommodate larger groups as the primate families grow.
This exhibit will be made possible by the generosity of many donors, including meaningful contributions from the Dana Brown Charitable Trust and the Estate of Rudolph L. Wise.
Summer Zoo Weekends and Jungle Boogie start May 24 at Saint Louis Zoo
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), May 16, 2019 - Go wild on the weekends at the Saint Louis Zoo May 24 through Sept. 2! On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and on Memorial Day and Labor Day, the Zoo is open extended hours from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. for Prairie Farms Dairy Summer Zoo Weekends. Weekday summer hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday beginning May 28.
Bring the whole family to "splish splash" with the stingrays, "cha-cha" with the cheetahs, and "frug" with the frogs at Jungle Boogie Friday Night Concert Series presented by Mid America Chevy Dealers. Enjoy free live music by local bands on Friday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m., May 24 through Aug. 30 (no concert on June 21). See concert schedule. Adults 21 and up can enjoy happy-hour drink specials from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Kids can join in animal-related activities focusing on conservation of endangered species through the Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute.
Stingrays and sharks have returned for a season-long pool party at Stingrays at Caribbean Cove presented by SSM Health. Admission is $3.95 per person for ages 2 and up. Zoo members at the Family Level and above may use their Anywhere Plus passes for admission. Admission is free the first hour the Zoo is open. Stingray feedings are $1 per cup.
Enjoy a First Bank Sea Lion Show at Judy and Jerry Kent Family Sea Lion Sound. The sea lion superstars will thrill you with high jumps, flipper walks and lots of splashing! Throughout the show, trainers explain sea lion behavior and positive-reinforcement training, animal fun facts and the need for conserving the sea lions' ocean habitat. Tickets are $3.95 per person for ages 2 and up. Daily shows are at 11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. May 24 through Aug. 16. From Aug. 17 through Sept. 2, shows are held at 11 a.m. 1 and 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day only. There are additional 4 p.m. shows on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Memorial Day and Labor Day throughout the summer. Weekend shows continue through the fall season.
At the Emerson Children's Zoo, enjoy live animal shows presented by The Goddard School. The shows include a variety of animals showcasing their natural behaviors on stage at 10 and 11 a.m., 1 and 2 p.m. daily starting Saturday, May 25, with an additional show at 4 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, Memorial Day and Labor Day. Admission to the Children's Zoo is $3.95 per person for ages 2 and up, with free admission the first hour the Zoo is open.
Meet a keeper at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily and at 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays at various locations throughout the Zoo to learn first-hand how they care for animals.
Take a ride on the Emerson Zooline Railroad! Tickets include all-day on-and-off privileges and are $7.95 per person for ages 2 and up.
Enjoy engaging stories, interesting facts and animal observations on a 30-minute Safari Walking Tour led by a Zoo interpretive guide. Tickets are $5 per person for ages 2 and up. Tours are offered three times daily May 24 through Aug. 16 and on weekends Aug. 17 through Oct. 27.
Mickey Thomas to Headline Saint Louis Zoo's Biennial Black-tie Party
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Dine and dance under the stars at the Saint Louis Zoo's biennial creative black-tie party - ZOOFARI 2019 presented by Wells Fargo, from 7 p.m. until midnight on Friday, June 21. 2019. Proceeds from ZOOFARI help the Zoo in its efforts to save endangered species here and around the world. (On June 21, the Zoo will be open to the public from 8 a.m. until 12 noon, when it will close for preparations.)
Music, Food, Attire
Rock out with live entertainment from Starship featuring Mickey Thomas and dance the night away with Kansas City's Premier Dance Band, Lost Wax. Entertainment is sponsored by U.S. Bank.
Nothing's gonna stop you from "grazing" to your heart's content on specialty food and drinks from 60 of St. Louis' finest restaurants, bars and caterers. Tastes of elegant desserts, tempting appetizers and savory main dishes will be served at lavishly themed booths.
ZOOFARI is a fusion of formal and fun! Partygoers can show off their bold animal prints and flounce their bright frocks, safari-themed ties, tuxedo jackets with shorts, and other wild creative black-tie attire.
Silent Auction & Raffle
Hang around the extravagant animal-themed silent auction sponsored by Albarré Jewelry to bid on amazing trips, behind-the-scenes Zoo tours, sporting event tickets, elegant jewelry, concerts and much more.
Purchase a $50 raffle ticket for your chance to win a private dinner inside Big Cat Country at the Zoo. You do not need to attend ZOOFARI to enter to win.
Select auction items and raffle tickets are now available for bidding and purchase at stlzoo.org/zoofari.
Saluting the Chimpanzee
The "best party in town" salutes the endangered chimpanzee. At one time, more than 1 million chimpanzees lived in Africa. Today, only about 150,000 survive, and they continue to be lost at an alarming rate. The Saint Louis Zoo participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan for chimpanzees, a cooperative breeding program, with a number of zoos working together to ensure the survival of the species. The ZOOFARI 2019 Conservation Champion Sponsor is Centene Charitable Foundation.
This event sells out quickly! Advance ticket purchases are required. Tickets can be purchased stlzoo.org/zoofari. The event will be held rain or shine. Free parking is provided on the South Lot on Wells Drive. All attendees must be at least 21 years of age.
Stingrays at Caribbean Cove at the Saint Louis Zoo
Stingrays glide through a glide through a 17,000-gallon warm saltwater pool at Caribbean Cove. Archived © www.slfp.com photo
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com) -
Stingrays at Caribbean Cove is open at the Saint Louis Zoo through Oct. 31, 2019.
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. There will be opportunities throughout the day 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.
Admission to Stingrays at Caribbean Cove is $3.95 per person for ages 2 and up. Children under age 2 are free. Zoo members at the Family Level and above may use their Anywhere Plus passes for admission. Admission is free the first hour the Zoo is open. Food for feeding stingrays is $1 per cup.
Visitors can enjoy a full day at the Zoo with all the amenities for just $12.95 with the Adventure Pass and receive free admission to Stingrays at Caribbean Cove and other attractions. Groups of 15 or more may call (314) 646-4718 in advance for group discounts.
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 Centene Grizzly Ridge, McDonnell Polar Bear Point, Sea Lion Sound, 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.
A 19' high bronze "Reaching Elephant" sculpture, by sculptor Kent Ullberg, welcomes visitors at the new South Entrance to the St. Louis Zoo.
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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