St. Louis Zoo

9:34 am
Tue June 4, 2013

St. Louis Zoo Continues Efforts To Restore Endangered Beetle

American burying beetles eat carrion. When they are ready to mate, they find a small dead animal and bury it in an underground nest to feed their young.
Dan Kirk St. Louis Zoo

For a second year, the St. Louis Zoo is continuing efforts to bring back an endangered beetle to southwestern Missouri.

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Central Standard
2:26 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Endangered Beetles Hit the Dirt

The beetles were buried with their food source, a bird carrion.
Bill Graham Missouri Department of Conservation

For the first time ever, an endangered species has been released back into Missouri prairies. The American Burying Beetle may be back on its way to thriving, though in this beetle's world, thriving means living underground and feasting on meatballs. 

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