Peek-a-boo! NOKOPO, a female Matschie’s tree kangaroo joey, has begun poking her head out from within her mother’s pouch at the SAINT LOUIS ZOO. Born the size of a lima bean six months ago, Nokopo is now the size of a small cat. Patient visitors to the Emerson Children’s Zoo have been rewarded by seeing her climb partially out of the pouch to reach for her mother’s food and explore the world outside. Nokopo is expected to ‘move out’ of the pouch at 10 months old, but will continue to nurse until she is at least 16 months.

In other Zoo news, a renowned Peruvian conservation biologist is the recipient of this year’s Zoo Conservation Award. PATRICIA MAJLUF is the director of the Conservation Biology Unit of Cayetano Herdia University in Lima. Her research subjects have included sea lions, fur seals and Humboldt penguins, focusing on protecting the Peruvian marine ecosystem. In addition, longtime supporter SONYA ‘SUNNY’ GLASSBERG was honored with the Individual Saint Louis Zoo award, DRURY HOTELS COMPANY with the Corporate Award, and EDISON FAMILY FOUNDATION and HARRY EDISON FOUNDATION with the Foundation Award.

Congratulations to Washington University School of Law student HEEJUNG PARK, winner of the National Law Review’s annual student writing contest. Park, who hails from Korea, submitted an article entitled Alternative to International Criminal JusticeRestorative Justice and Peace Through Peaceful Means. In it, he looks at different approaches to identifying the fundamental causes of crimes, as well as addressing crime. Park says he selected his topic based on his professional work and interests in human rights, peace and social enterprise.

Bravo to five local piano students who recently earned first place trophy honors in the Missouri Music Teachers Association State Competition: MELISSA WANG (Ladue H.S.) and MIMI LIU (Clayton H.S.) won the Senior High Piano Duet division; BERNARD LEE (Forsyth School) and SOPHIA WU (Ladue Middle School) were winners in the Grades 4-6 Piano Duet Division; Sophia also earned the Piano Solo award in the sixth grade category; and KATHERINE LIN (MICDS) earned Piano Solo honors in the 11th Grade category. All five are students of LAURA SCHINDLER of Richmond Heights.

Do you know a woman who makes a difference to the community through her volunteer work? The WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT wants to hear from you. Nominations are being accepted through Jan. 14, and the 10 award recipients will be honored May 10 during the annual Women of Achievement Awards Luncheon at The Ritz. To nominate someone online, visit or to receive a nomination form in the mail, send an SASE to Women of Achievement, 801 N. 2nd St., Suite 302, St. Louis, MO 63102.

READY READERS, the local nonprofit whose goal is to inspire children in low-income neighborhoods to become passionate readers, has teamed up with THE RITZ-CARLTON for a win-win offer. The hotel has donated a block of rooms to the organization at a reduced price of $100 a room for one night. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the gift certificates will go to Ready Readers. For more information, call

564-8070 or email

A heartfelt thank you to our readers whose generosity came through for THE WOMEN’S SAFE HOUSE this holiday season. An avalanche of clothes, shoes, books, toys and personal care items came through our doors at LN and we couldn’t be more grateful. Happy New Year. We appreciate readers like you! LN