Students entering Grade 9 and up may also register for adult programs.

2014 Whitney and Anna Harris Conservation Forum

Wednesday, November 5, 2014. Event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Call (314) 516-4246 or email

Breakfast is For the Birds

The Saint Louis Zoo is proud to be home to over 300 different kinds of birds. Join us for a hot breakfast, followed by a 3/4‑mile bird watching stroll to possibly see birds passing through on Fall migrations as well as birds native to the St. Louis area. The stroll will also include stops at the Bird House, Chain of Lakes, and the Cypress Swamp Exhibit in the historic 1904 Flight Cage, along with a discussion of those exhibits and the birds we may see. The Saint Louis Zoo traces its origins to the 1904 World’s Fair, when the Smithsonian Institution commissioned the Flight Cage for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. St. Louisans rallied to keep the Flight Cage intact after the fair, and the City of St. Louis soon purchased it. Within a few short years, it served as the impetus for St. Louis to develop a full-fledged zoo – the first municipally supported zoo in the world. Programs participants meet at the Painted Giraffe Café.

Limited to 20 participants.
Fee: Zoo Members $18/General Public $20
I0927BB - September 27 (Sa); 8:30 - 10 a.m. CLOSED

Digital Zootography

Join Zoo volunteer photographer, Michael Abbene, and stlZoo Magazine contributing photographer Ray Meibaum for an exciting digital photography class. Turn a day trip to the Zoo into a wildlife photo safari that combines portrait and action photography techniques to help you capture striking images of our Zoo animals. We will mix classroom discussions of light and composition in the context of photographing animals in their exhibits with two guided photo shoots to apply what we have learned. A Zoo Instructor will also share insights on Zoo animals and their behaviors. After the lunch break (lunch is on your own), you will share photographs from the day for review by the instructors and other participants. All levels of photographers are welcome but you must bring a camera that can use interchangeable lenses like a DSLR or a prosumer/bridge camera with at least 7x zoom. This class is not appropriate for compact camera users.

Limited to 16 participants
Fee: Zoo Members $30/General Public $35
A0920DZ– September 20 (Sa); 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. - CLOSED

ZooMazing Race: Zoo Keeper Challenge (NEW)!

For ages 18 and up

Have you ever wondered how our talented zoo keepers care for the animals that call the Saint Louis Zoo home? If so, your team will face several simulated zoo keeper challenges in this race to the finish to find out who will win the first ever Saint Louis Zoo ZooMazing Race! Food, fun, and a healthy dose of competition will help you experience the Zoo like never before.

Fees are PER TEAM
Fee: Zoo Members $45/General Public $50
September 27 (Sa); 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. - CLOSED

Wine and Cheese Night Prowls: Nocturnal Animals

For adults ages 21 and up

Back by popular demand! First enjoy a wine and cheese happy hour, and then embark on a twilight tour around the Zoo, where you will witness some of our animals’ nocturnal behaviors and communications. You may even hear a lion roar or a hyena whoop! What a wild way to spend happy hour!

Limited to 50 participants per session
Fee: Zoo Members $23/General Public $25
N0910WC - September 10 (W); 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. - CLOSED
N0925WC - September 25 (Th); 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. - CLOSED
N1008WC - October 8 (W); 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. - CLOSED
N1016WC - October 16 (Th); 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. - CLOSED

Saint Louis Zoo Lectures

Free lectures are open to the public. No reservations required.