Zoo news letterhead

May 9, 2013

Saint Louis Zoo 314/781-0900
Susan Gallagher, ext. 4633
Christy Childs, ext. 4639
Joanna Bender, ext. 4703

Springtime Is Baby Time at the Saint Louis Zoo!

In addition to the much-heralded female baby elephant Priya born on April 26, the Saint Louis Zoo also welcomed a maleBactrian camelnamed Stan, who was born on April 8. This critically endangered species is native to Mongolia in central Asia. Baby camels are born with two humps, like their parents, but at birth, they lay flat against their sides until they can store up energy-rich fat.

The camel was joined by a lot of other offspring in Red Rocks, where visitors can view some of the world’s most powerful predators living near some of the world’s most graceful prey. Two babySpeke’sgazelles, both male, arrived this spring—one was named Fragilistic (born March 1) and the other Teller (born April 10). From Somalia and Ethiopia and endangered, this graceful antelope (the smallest of all gazelles) reaches a maximum shoulder height of only about two feet.

Sunny, a femalelowland nyala, was born March 8. This elusive antelope lives in southern Africa and is one of the largest antelope, standing over four feet at the shoulder.

A malemountain bongo, Djembe, was born March 18. The mountain bongo is an endangered subspecies of antelope that lives only in a few pockets of mountain forests in Kenya.

Later, on April 7, a malebanteng,named Cruze,arrived. An endangered species of wild cattle native to Southeast Asia, both male and female banteng calves are born with red coats, but during their first year of life, juvenile bantengs develop their characteristic white stockings and rump patches. At this time juvenile banteng bulls' coats gradually turn from red to black.
Then came four Transcaspian urial lambs, two females and two males—all born between April 8 and April 11. Originally from India and Iran, urials live in open, rolling terrain where these wild sheep feed primarily on grass. (See video of these lambs on youtube.com/stlzootube.)

To top it off, the Zoo now has fourbabirusa piglets, a species of threatened sparsely-haired pigs native to Indonesia; they arrived between November 2011 and January 2012.

And at Penguin & Puffin Coast, the Zoo welcomed twoHumboldt penguinchicks, born March 16 and 17. These threatened birds live in Peru and Chile.

Between April 29 and May 1, four elegant crested tinamou hatched. Tinamou are related to the ostrich and emu and are known for their brilliantly colored eggs. The elegant crested tinamou has a bright green egg and is found in dry lowland shrub land and farm land in Southern Chile and Argentina. Their arrival adds yet more diversity to the Zoo’s amazing array of birds.

This is only a representative listing of the new arrivals; it does not include the many reptiles and insects born this spring.

The Saint Louis Zoo participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plans and Population Management Plans, which are cooperative breeding programs for animals in North American zoos.

The Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.stlzoo.org. Prairie Farms Summer Zoo Weekends begins May 24. Between May 24 and September 2, the Zoo’s summer hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The Zoo will close at noon on Friday, June 21, for ZOOFARI fundraiser.