All 6 of the Zoo's female giraffes are in the yard this morning, including a calf that has been bottle-raised by zoo staff. You can climb up the giraffe deck and feed crackers to the animals. The deck is open from 10-4pm every day during the summer and you can buy crackers for $2.
Shannon Miller: And you're taking part in the kids save elephants campaign. What's that about?
Melinda: We kicked off our "Kids Save Elephants" campaign on May 1. Our goal for this effort is to encourage children to write a letter to or draw a picture of an elephant for Governor Nixon. The deadline is Aug. 1. We want to deliver the letters and drawings to the governor on Aug. 12, World Elephant Day, to encourage him and our state legislators to enact a moratorium or pass legislation banning the sale of most ivory products in the state of Missouri. This is in response to the U.S. market for ivory (probably the second largest in the world, behind China) and the elephant poaching crisis in Africa. We have partnered with the Wildlife Conservation Society (which operates the Bronx Zoo among other zoos and the aquarium in NYC) in their 96 Elephants Campaign.
Shannon: And you have something special for moms this weekend?
Yes, Sunday, May 11, is Mother's Day. We are offering free admission for all mothers all day long. Admission hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
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