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June 16, 2020

The Fast and the Furriest?

Earlier this spring, the pinnipeds at the Judy and Jerry Kent Family Sea Lion Sound were treated to a highly entertaining tunnel enrichment session featuring juggling and basketball skills. This provided the animals with a lot of mental and physical stimulation and kept them interested and engaged, especially during the times of no guest interaction. In the quest for something even more new and exciting, Pinniped Keeper Val Olstad had to look no further than her son's toy box. It turns out remote controlled cars are a lot of fun to chase if you're a sea lion! Mandy, who is usually less interested than the others in tunnel enrichment, loved following the cars as they zoomed around. California sea lions can swim at speeds of up to 20-25 mph, making them the "Fast and Furriest" of all the pinnipeds. - Katie Stryker, Pinniped Keeper #BringTheStlZooToYou

Rani's Journey

I am Dr. Sathya Chinnadurai and I am the Director of Animal Health at the Saint Louis Zoo. In the Department of Animal Health, we are fortunate to have a team of veterinarians and veterinary technicians, along with quarantine, pathology and support staff that provide for the medical needs of all the animals that call the Saint Louis Zoo home. As you may have heard, Rani, our 23-year-old Asian elephant, is pregnant. The veterinary staff has been working with the animal care team in the River’s Edge, as well as our endocrinology and nutrition teams to monitor and care for Rani throughout her pregnancy. As with human pregnancies, one of the most important parts of prenatal health care is ultrasound monitoring of both the mother and the baby, also known as a sonogram.

Even during the Zoo’s public closure for the pandemic, the animal care team has worked with Rani to allow for twice-weekly ultrasound evaluation. Due to an elephant’s large size, it is difficult to see the entire calf with an ultrasound probe placed on the abdomen, so we use a combination of techniques to assess Rani and the baby. First, we assess Rani using a technique similar to that used for a cow or horse, and from this approach, we can see the cervix and part of the uterus and monitor for any changes in the shape and size of those organs as well as see the normal fluid in them. After that, we perform a more typical transabdominal examination of the uterus and the baby. We are looking for any changes in the placenta and uterine fluid and checking the baby’s size, movement and position.
 
In a recent ultrasound, the baby is moving around quite a bit. We can see fetal movement on Rani’s abdomen and on ultrasound when we see the baby it is active and moving.
 
We will continue to monitor Rani and the baby at least twice weekly up until the birth and will monitor them closely even during labor to make sure that everything is progressing normally.

View the full journey here. 

Red-billed Blue Magpie

#KeeperPerspective This spring our red-billed blue magpie pair have been nesting in our Bird Garden. Last year this pair was successful in breeding four chicks. Here is a great look at the progress of last year’s breeding from an empty nest in one of our nursery enclosures, to the laying of six eggs, and the four chicks maturing from hatchlings to fledglings. #BringTheStlZooToYou