January 27, 2021

STLZoo Species Spotlight

This week’s Species Spotlight: Jade-headed beetle

Scientific Name: Eudicella smithii

Geographical Range:  Western and Central Africa

Habitat: Forests

Conservation Status: Common

Home at the Zoo: Bayer Insectarium

Fun Fact: The males have a Y-shaped forked horn in their forehead and use it when fighting over females and defending territory.

Photo: JoEllen Toler #StlZooSpeciesSpotlight

Snow in Red Rocks

Today is a snowy hump day in Red Rocks for our takin and Bactrian camels. #StlZoo #Snowday ❄️❄️❄️

A Snowy Field Trip for our Penguins

Today, our king penguins Ethel and Elliot, along with gentoo penguins CJ, Oshie, Sunny, Double, and Trouble, took a quick field trip in the snow to visit their neighbors, polar bear Kali and grizzly bears Huck and Finley. Through the cooperation of our Bird and Carnivore animal care teams, our penguins were able to get up close to see the polar and grizzly bears. The penguins willingly approached. These penguins reside indoors at Penguin & Puffin Coast and are given the option to participate in spontaneous winter walks that are enriching for the birds. The walks are not pre-scheduled and do not occur on any regular basis. King and gentoo penguins are native to the Antarctic region.