January 27, 2021
STLZoo Species Spotlight
This week’s Species Spotlight: Jade-headed beetle
Scientific Name: Eudicella smithii
Geographical Range: Western and Central Africa
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
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.