The Saint Louis Zoo has been involved in saving endangered species and their habitats around the world for many years - and with much success. We have witnessed dozens of cheetah births at the Zoo, hatched and reared endangered Micronesian kingfishers and returned Puerto Rican crested toad tadpoles to ponds in their native homeland - to name only a few successes. However, the rising need to sustain wildlife in wild places required the Zoo to take this involvement to another level. In recent years, we have established two institutes dedicated to creating a sustainable future for wildlife and people around the world.
In 2004, the Saint Louis Zoo established the WildCare Institute. From the streams of the Missouri Ozarks to the Sahara desert in North Africa, the Zoo is pledged to support critical initiatives in places where animals are threatened by shrinking habitats, poaching and disease. The Wild Care Institute takes a focused approach to saving animals through 12 centers.
Institute for Conservation Medicine
The Saint Louis Zoo has been practicing conservation medicine for many years. Examples include research and biomedical surveys of lemurs in Madagascar, avian health studies in the Galapagos Islands and studies of Humboldt penguins in Punta San Juan, Peru. To expand on that research and our conservation efforts, the Zoo in 2011 launched the Institute for Conservation Medicine. The Saint Louis Zoo Institute for Conservation Medicine takes a holistic approach to research on wildlife, public health, and sustainable ecosystems to ensure healthy animals and healthy people.