January 07, 2020

Animal care is at the heart of what we do every day at the Zoo. Our curators and zoological managers from each animal unit selected their favorite 2019 accomplishment for animal care.

The Antelope team’s vision is “saving species, one ungulate at a time.” In 2019, we moved the needle toward this goal by celebrating 21 births from nine different species.

The Saint Louis Zoo has a long commitment to the sustainability of ungulates (animals with hooves). Currently, every mammal species in Red Rocks is part of an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP).

A female Chinese goral born in April 2019 was the first goral born at the Zoo in 19 years. This birth was a significant contribution to the North American population of Chinese goral, which only totals 25 animals.

Several members of our team also serve as SSP coordinators and Steering Committee members on AZA Taxon Advisory Groups to ensure that we have healthy populations of ungulates in the future. - Tim Thier, Acting Curator of Ungulates