Snapshots of the St. Louis Zoo

A penguin swims in for a closer look at visitors at the Saint Louis Zoo's Penguin and Puffin Coast in St. Louis on August 20, 2013. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)
Saint Louis Zoo will soon temporarily close its penguin and puffin exhibit A penguin swims in for a closer look at visitors at the Saint Louis Zoo's Penguin and Puffin Coast in St. Louis on August 20, 2013. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)
A keeper cleans the home of the penguins that swim near at the Saint Louis Zoo's Penguin and Puffin Coast in St. Louis on August 20, 2013. The zoo today moved 20 Humboldt penguins off site and will evewntually close the entire exhibit in several weeks for construction of the new polar bear display nearby.  The McDonnell Polar Bear Point, opening in the spring of 2015, will have a walk-through cave where visitors can watch polar bears swim overhead. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Saint Louis Zoo will soon temporarily close its penguin and puffin exhibit A keeper cleans the home of the penguins that swim near at the Saint Louis Zoo's Penguin and Puffin Coast in St. Louis on August 20, 2013. The zoo today moved 20 Humboldt penguins off site and will evewntually close the entire exhibit in several weeks for construction of the new polar bear display nearby. The McDonnell Polar Bear Point, opening in the spring of 2015, will have a walk-through cave where visitors can watch polar bears swim overhead. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Penguins swim by as a keeper cleans their quarters at the Saint Louis Zoo's Penguin and Puffin Coast in St. Louis on August 20, 2013. The zoo today moved 20 Humboldt penguins off site and will evewntually close the entire exhibit in several weeks for construction of the new polar bear display nearby.  The McDonnell Polar Bear Point, opening in the spring of 2015, will have a walk-through cave where visitors can watch polar bears swim overhead. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Saint Louis Zoo will soon temporarily close its penguin and puffin exhibit Penguins swim by as a keeper cleans their quarters at the Saint Louis Zoo's Penguin and Puffin Coast in St. Louis on August 20, 2013. The zoo today moved 20 Humboldt penguins off site and will evewntually close the entire exhibit in several weeks for construction of the new polar bear display nearby. The McDonnell Polar Bear Point, opening in the spring of 2015, will have a walk-through cave where visitors can watch polar bears swim overhead. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
A wooden penguin stands in front of the Saint Louis Zoo's Penguin and Puffin Coast in St. Louis on August 20, 2013. The zoo today moved 20 Humboldt penguins off site and will evewntually close the entire exhibit in several weeks for construction of the new polar bear display nearby.  The McDonnell Polar Bear Point, opening in the spring of 2015, will have a walk-through cave where visitors can watch polar bears swim overhead. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Saint Louis Zoo will soon temporarily close its penguin and puffin exhibit A wooden penguin stands in front of the Saint Louis Zoo's Penguin and Puffin Coast in St. Louis on August 20, 2013. The zoo today moved 20 Humboldt penguins off site and will evewntually close the entire exhibit in several weeks for construction of the new polar bear display nearby. The McDonnell Polar Bear Point, opening in the spring of 2015, will have a walk-through cave where visitors can watch polar bears swim overhead. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
A sign notifies visitors to the Saint Louis Zoo's Penguin and Puffin Coast  that some of the residents have been moved in St. Louis on August 20, 2013. The zoo moved 20 Humboldt penguins off site and will eventually close the entire exhibit in several weeks for construction of the new polar bear display nearby.  The McDonnell Polar Bear Point, opening in the spring of 2015, will have a walk-through cave where visitors can watch polar bears swim overhead. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Saint Louis Zoo will soon temporarily close its penguin and puffin exhibit A sign notifies visitors to the Saint Louis Zoo's Penguin and Puffin Coast that some of the residents have been moved in St. Louis on August 20, 2013. The zoo moved 20 Humboldt penguins off site and will eventually close the entire exhibit in several weeks for construction of the new polar bear display nearby. The McDonnell Polar Bear Point, opening in the spring of 2015, will have a walk-through cave where visitors can watch polar bears swim overhead. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Visitors to the Saint Louis Zoo enjoy watching a seal poke his head up for air at the Sea Lion Sound in St. Louis on August 16, 2013. Sea Lion Sound combines the Sea Lion Basin and Sea Lion Show in a 1.5-acre exhibit. This is the only zoo in North America where visitors can walk through an underwater tunnel into the sea lions' habitat to see the animals swimming around them.  UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Sea Lion display at Saint Louis Zoo Visitors to the Saint Louis Zoo enjoy watching a seal poke his head up for air at the Sea Lion Sound in St. Louis on August 16, 2013. Sea Lion Sound combines the Sea Lion Basin and Sea Lion Show in a 1.5-acre exhibit. This is the only zoo in North America where visitors can walk through an underwater tunnel into the sea lions' habitat to see the animals swimming around them. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Visitors to the Saint Louis Zoo enjoy watching a sea lion swim by at the Sea Lion Sound in St. Louis on August 16, 2013. Sea Lion Sound combines the Sea Lion Basin and Sea Lion Show in a 1.5-acre exhibit. This is the only zoo in North America where visitors can walk through an underwater tunnel into the sea lions' habitat to see the animals swimming around them.  UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Sea Lion display at Saint Louis Zoo Visitors to the Saint Louis Zoo enjoy watching a sea lion swim by at the Sea Lion Sound in St. Louis on August 16, 2013. Sea Lion Sound combines the Sea Lion Basin and Sea Lion Show in a 1.5-acre exhibit. This is the only zoo in North America where visitors can walk through an underwater tunnel into the sea lions' habitat to see the animals swimming around them. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Visitors to the Saint Louis Zoo enjoy watching a sea lion swim by at the Sea Lion Sound in St. Louis on August 16, 2013. Sea Lion Sound combines the Sea Lion Basin and Sea Lion Show in a 1.5-acre exhibit. This is the only zoo in North America where visitors can walk through an underwater tunnel into the sea lions' habitat to see the animals swimming around them.  UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Sea Lion display at Saint Louis Zoo Visitors to the Saint Louis Zoo enjoy watching a sea lion swim by at the Sea Lion Sound in St. Louis on August 16, 2013. Sea Lion Sound combines the Sea Lion Basin and Sea Lion Show in a 1.5-acre exhibit. This is the only zoo in North America where visitors can walk through an underwater tunnel into the sea lions' habitat to see the animals swimming around them. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Visitors to the Saint Louis Zoo move quickly to take a photograph of a sea lion swimming by upside down at the Sea Lion Sound in St. Louis on August 16, 2013. Sea Lion Sound combines the Sea Lion Basin and Sea Lion Show in a 1.5-acre exhibit. This is the only zoo in North America where visitors can walk through an underwater tunnel into the sea lions' habitat to see the animals swimming around them.  UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Sea Lion display at Saint Louis Zoo Visitors to the Saint Louis Zoo move quickly to take a photograph of a sea lion swimming by upside down at the Sea Lion Sound in St. Louis on August 16, 2013. Sea Lion Sound combines the Sea Lion Basin and Sea Lion Show in a 1.5-acre exhibit. This is the only zoo in North America where visitors can walk through an underwater tunnel into the sea lions' habitat to see the animals swimming around them. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Two pink flamingo's assist each other with food, while standing in a lake at the Saint Louis Zoo in St. Louis on August 20, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Saint Louis Zoo pink flamingos Two pink flamingo's assist each other with food, while standing in a lake at the Saint Louis Zoo in St. Louis on August 20, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
A female okapi calf was born at the Saint Louis Zoo on June 17, 2013 it was announced in St. Louis on August 16, 2013. The little female named Umeme weighed 52.8 pounds at birth. Okapi calves are very fast-growing, and at one month of age, Umeme had already doubled her weight. With a velvety dark striped coat, the okapi is one of the world's rarest animals in captivity, with only 94 of these animals in 23 American zoos, including Umeme. One of the last mammals "discovered" by the scientific community in 1901, the okapi or “forest giraffe” is an animal so shy and secretive in the dense rainforests of the Democratic Republic of Congo that very little is known of its lifestyle in the wild, where its numbers are undetermined.  Okapis are considered to be likely endangered due to both hunting and political crises in their native land.   UPI/Saint Louis Zoo
Baby Okapis born at Saint Louis Zoo A female okapi calf was born at the Saint Louis Zoo on June 17, 2013 it was announced in St. Louis on August 16, 2013. The little female named Umeme weighed 52.8 pounds at birth. Okapi calves are very fast-growing, and at one month of age, Umeme had already doubled her weight. With a velvety dark striped coat, the okapi is one of the world's rarest animals in captivity, with only 94 of these animals in 23 American zoos, including Umeme. One of the last mammals "discovered" by the scientific community in 1901, the okapi or “forest giraffe” is an animal so shy and secretive in the dense rainforests of the Democratic Republic of Congo that very little is known of its lifestyle in the wild, where its numbers are undetermined. Okapis are considered to be likely endangered due to both hunting and political crises in their native land. UPI/Saint Louis Zoo
An engineer on the Daniel Boone of the Zoo Line Railroad waves to visitors as the train pulls away from the station at the Saint Louis Zoo in St. Louis on August 16, 2013.  UPI/Bill Greenblatt
Train at Saint Louis Zoo An engineer on the Daniel Boone of the Zoo Line Railroad waves to visitors as the train pulls away from the station at the Saint Louis Zoo in St. Louis on August 16, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
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