History of the Zoo
A Zoo is Born
There's more to the Zoo's beginning than the 1904 World's Fair Flight Cage. The Zoo's beginning was made official with the formation of the Zoological Society of St. Louis in 1910. See more.
Putting on a Show
George Vierheller, the Zoo's first director, set out to attract international attention to the Saint Louis Zoo through the animal shows, newsreels and more. That tradition has continued throughout the Zoo's history, with animal stars and Zoo staff alike garnering worldwide acclaim. See more.
The 1970s to the present represents a great time of change for the Zoo, maybe the greatest in our history. This era gave us a campaign to gain tax support from the city and county residents, award-winning exhibit renovations and unprecedented growth in the Zoo's education and conservation efforts. See more.
Step back in time with these historical photographs. (To see captions while watching the slideshows, click the four arrows button on the bottom right for a full screen view and then click the "Show info" button on the top right. To change speed of slideshow, click "Options.")
Thodie Alexander explains his close relationship with the birds in the Flight Cage.