After this soul-crushing winter, St. Louisans are welcoming spring with open arms and trips to the city's free, world-class zoo.
The Riverfront Times sent photographer Steve Truesdell to the Saint Louis Zoo for the first weekend of spring to capture animals and humans alike soaking up rays.
Baby Kapika, the Coquerel's sifaka lemur born January 21, was a big hit for visitors this weekend. Her name means "peanut" in Malagasy, the language of Kapika's species' native home of Madagascar.
The zoo's sea lions were out in full force this weekend, playing basketball, giving kisses and catching fish.
Continue to the next page for adorable photos of sea lions in the sun.
The Saint Louis Zoo's sea lions are always ready for a show. And since it's March Madness after all...
One little girl got buddy-buddy with her new sea lion pal.
Lions and monkeys and turtles -- oh my! On the next page.
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