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InsectariumOne of the attractions at the zoo is the Insectarium, a building housing many insects, from the creepy to the beautiful. There is also a large dome filled with butterflies, which definitely qualify for the "beautiful" status. We snapped a few pictures of some of them.
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ButterflyAnother butterfly from the St. Louis Zoo's Insectarium. It's a little blurry, but still beautiful.
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Are you looking at me?Another butterfuly from the Insectarium. The "eyes", of course, are just designs on the wings.
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Penguin & Puffin CoastA very 'cool' exhibit, in all senses of the word.
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Penguin and Puffin CoastMore penguins. It was COLD in there-- the brochure said they keep it 40 degrees, which is quite a shock when it's 80 degrees or so outside. and you're wearing shorts and T-shirts! Note that this picture almost looks like a painting, but it is indeed real.
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Penguin and Puffin CoastAnother unique exhibit was the Penguin and Puffin Coast, which was brand new for the season we were there. The penguins and puffins were so close to you you could have touched them (I might have tried if it wasn't for the zookeepers nearby).
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The Bear NecessityA large bear, which for some reason I felt the need to take a photo of.
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Monkey SeeThis guy seemed pretty photogenic as well. He's behind glass, which caused some reflections, but it's still a fun picture.
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Jewel BoxNear the zoo is a conservatory called the Jewel Box. It had recently been restored before we visited, so it looked great inside. The design of the building, which was built in the 1930's, was somewhat unique for a greenhouse in that all the glass panes are perpendicular to the ground. This was to help prevent hail damage.
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Butterfly outside Jewel BoxMore butterflies, this time outside of the Jewel Box!
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More ButterfliesNot sure if I was fascinated with butterflies on this trip, or just trying out or schmancy new digital camera's Macro capability a lot...
 
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