Garrett, our 6 week old binturong, is doing great and growing fast! He’s becoming much more active around his holding area, learning to climb on his own. He has also […]Read More about Garrett the Baby Binturong!
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In 2020, Mesker Park Zoo hatched the first naturally bred captive Eastern hellbender in the world! “Solo”, as the keepers call him, is doing well and can be seen on […]Read More about Hellbender Update!
What’s in Bloom? The Appalachian Redbud
The Appalachian Redbud is a beautiful selected form of the native eastern redbud. It has brilliant fuchsia-red flowers instead of the lilac-pink flowers of the wild tree. This fast-growing plant develops […]Read More about What’s in Bloom? The Appalachian Redbud
What’s in Bloom? Double Take Scarlet Quince
Double Take Scarlet Quince (Chaenomeles speciousa), draws attention to itself in the Asian Valley. Its deep green leaves along with its bright red blooms are sure to catch your eye […]Read More about What’s in Bloom? Double Take Scarlet Quince
What’s in Bloom? The Flame Tree
The Flame Tree (Brownea macrophylla) is a show stopper come late winter months of February and March. This small tree (20-25ft tall), native to Venezuela and Columbia, is located just […]Read More about What’s in Bloom? The Flame Tree
What’s in Bloom? Daffodils!
One sure sign of spring is the arrival of thousands of daffodil blooms! One of our favorites and most hardiest on zoo grounds is the early blooming ‘Ice Follies’ with […]Read More about What’s in Bloom? Daffodils!
What’s in Bloom? Ozark Witch Hazel
The Ozark Witch Hazel, or Hamamelis vernalis, is unique shrub native to the Ozarks, but also found in parts of Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas. It’s the first spring bloomer in […]Read More about What’s in Bloom? Ozark Witch Hazel
What’s In Bloom? Red Button Ginger
Now with the first freeze of the season, our attention focuses to what’s blooming in Amazonia. Red Button Ginger (Costus woodsonii), draws attention with its exotic red flowers. The warm […]Read More about What’s In Bloom? Red Button Ginger
Do You Want to Be Like a Keel-billed Toucan?
When entering the Amazonia rainforest building, the first animal to greet you on the right is a keel-billed toucan. Toucans have a lot of notable qualities, but they are likely […]Read More about Do You Want to Be Like a Keel-billed Toucan?
By: Leigh Ramon, Animal Curator If you’ve been to the zoo since mid-July, then you have surely smiled at our newest mammals! Juno and Astrid are North American river otters, […]Read More about Otterly Adorable!
The Penguins Are Here!
By: Leigh Ramon, Assistant Animal Curator Getting ready to open a new exhibit with a species new to the zoo comes with a variety of preparations. There is a lot […]Read More about The Penguins Are Here!
Who’s That Penguin?
By: Leigh Ramon, Animal Curator There are several important pieces to putting together a new exhibit, but perhaps the most highlighted are the individual animals to be showcased! Building our […]Read More about Who’s That Penguin?