January 16, 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.

This past year, Insectarium keepers successfully raised the first-ever dragon-headed katydid babies born at the Saint Louis Zoo. We have since welcomed a second generation of 100 hatchlings. These omnivorous, nocturnal insects are seldom observed in the wild. Keepers offered a wide variety of fruits, veggies and protein to determine what this species preferred as hatchlings and as adults. Insectarium staff are dedicated to observing and caring for all our animals, but their efforts are particularly important when gathering information on species that scientists know very little about.  – Kayla Garcia, Zoological Manager of Invertebrates 

Photo: Dylan Cebulske

2019: The Year in Animal Care – Herpetarium 

2019: The Year in Animal Care – Birds

2019: The Year in Animal Care – Red Rocks