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Photo essay: Animal attraction
By Tim Murphy

What's your favorite animal at the zoo? The lion? The tiger? Or perhaps the okapi, a close relative of the giraffe?

Freelance photographer Tim Murphy of Springfield takes us on a road trip this month for a photo essay of the Saint Louis Zoo.

The Saint Louis Zoo celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, having gotten its start after the World's Fair of 1904. The fair's walk-through flight cage, which was commissioned by the Smithsonian Institute, was purchased at the conclusion of the fair by the city of St. Louis and became a cornerstone for the zoo. The establishment of the Zoological Society of St. Louis in November 1910 marked the zoo's official beginning. The flight cage remains one of the zoo's many highlights.

If you're interested in visiting the Saint Louis Zoo, go to www.stlzoo.org. Summer hours start May 27; hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

Admission to the zoo is free, although there are small fees for some attractions, including the children's zoo and the sea lion show. Parking is $12 for a car in the zoo lot, although you can find free parking around the zoo if you don't mind walking a bit farther.

Story published Friday, May 6, 2011 ( Volume 6, Number 3 )

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