Here is a sampling of benefits Zoo Friends enjoy. Check out the Membership Levels to find the category of membership just right for you.

Membership Levels

Special privileges designed to enhance your Zoo visits are available at different contribution levels. Learn more about membership levels. Membership contributions are tax deductible. See our list of matching gift companies.

Special Animal Previews and Parties

When new exhibits open, like Stingrays at Caribbean Cove, Zoo Friends are the first to see them. Become a Zoo Friend now, and you'll be invited to the most exciting previews and parties around!

Reciprocal Zoo List

One of the many benefits of membership of the Zoo Friends is free or discounted admission to select other AZA-accredited zoos throughout the country. See the reciprocal zoo list for an alphabetic listing by state of participating zoos, museums and aquariums.

Please note: You will be redirected to the AZA Reciprocity Program. Most of the AZA reciprocal partners will give either free admission or 50% off of their admission. When the reciprocity lists "100% & 50%," that organization has the option to either charge 50% of their admission to our members or to allow our members free admission. That decision resides with the partner organization, and the Saint Louis Zoo does not control what our partners are able to offer. Please contact the organization prior to your visit to learn of their offer.

Zoo Friends Day

Each May, the Zoo opens its doors to Zoo Friends for a special evening of free animal shows, free train rides and lots of other family fun activities.

Guest Lectures and Education Classes

With your Zoo Friends membership you'll receive free admission or discounted rates on lively Zoo Friends Speaker Series and programs presented by animal experts from around the world. Through our Education Department we also offer entertaining classes and programs for children of all ages, including the most fun camp in town -- Camp KangaZoo!

Holiday Member Sale

Every November, the Zoo hosts a holiday shopping experience for Zoo Friends with a 20% discount at Treetop Shop. It's a great time to save on some early holiday shopping!

Zoo Discounts

Enjoy a 10% discount in Zoo gift shops and Build-A-Bear Workshop® At the Zoo, and on food purchases, caricatures and face painting with your membership card. Zoo Friends members also receive discounts to Zoo events such as Boo at the Zoo Nights and Wild Lights.