Q: Can I interview or shadow a keeper/zoologist/veterinarian?
A: Due to the demanding schedule of our keepers and animal care staff, it is difficult to set up interviews or shadowing experiences. However, there are several opportunities to experience a zoo job. Check out our Keeper for a Day or A Day with the Rays programs just to name a few. We also have a variety of volunteer opportunities including internships.
If you would like to schedule an interview with our Educators, they may be able to provide a 20 minute interview, with a minimum of 2 weeks' notice. Educators are available Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm. Please note that not all interview requests can be granted, due to the number of requests received. If you have any further questions you can contact the Animal Information Line to see if an Educator is available to answer your questions or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: I am doing a project on an animal. Can I have more information on the animal?
A: It is great that you are looking to research and learn more about animals, especially animals here at the Zoo! Take a look at the website you are visiting right now. Our animals section has a lot of useful information. The Zoo Library and Teacher Resource Center is available for reference use by appointment. Please call (314) 781-0900, ext. 4555 to schedule an appointment. You can also check out Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) or other good online resources. It is important to make sure you are using reliable sources of information, such as accredited zoo or aquarium websites or publications.
Q: How much does it cost to feed the animals at the Saint Louis Zoo?
A: Approximately 1.5% of our operating budget is spent on animal food each year.
Q: How much does it cost to feed certain species of animals or individual animals?
A: Over 700 species representing over 18,000 animals call the Saint Louis Zoo home. We buy and receive animal food in bulk; therefore it is very difficult to calculate how much is spent on any one animal. Our most important goal is to make sure our animals are healthy and receiving the nutrition they need!
Q: I have to create a zoo exhibit for a class; can species ‘A' live with species ‘B'?
A: Here at the Saint Louis Zoo, we have many mixed species exhibits. Careful planning and research goes into deciding which animals can cohabitate. For a project like this you need to research important details like the animals' natural history, interactions in the wild, habitat, and predator-prey relationships to name a few. Many of the resources mentioned above in researching animal information will help you decide if certain animals would be able to live together in a zoo setting.