While the Zoo is closed to the public, we want to #BringTheStlZooToYou! We have asked our animal care team to share some photos and videos of our animals. Please keep in mind we will be operating under unusual circumstances and limited staff. Our first priority is the care and well-being of our animals, but when we can, we will be happy to add something fun and positive to your newsfeed!
Our staff remain dedicated to the animals in our care. Your support is vital to our future. Please consider making a contribution to our Critical Animal Care Fund.
The Saint Louis Zoo has announced Saturday, June 13 as its reopening date for the public. Read full info: stlzoo.org/guestnotice
May 14, 2020
Make Tracks Remote Run
This Sunday would have been the 35th annual running of our St. Louis Children’s Hospital Make Tracks Through the Zoo. In light of COVID-19 and the Saint Louis Zoo temporary closure, the race is canceled.
There is still time to register for our remote run! Run or walk, while practicing social distancing, from any location you choose — your home treadmill, neighborhood sidewalk, road or trail between May 17 and August 1— and still get credit, a commemorative T-shirt and finisher’s medal. Don’t forget to tag us in your “race” photos using #IRanForTheStlZoo.
Hay for Raja
Sea Lion Training
#KeeperPerspective We usually train the sea lions three to five times per day, all year round, utilizing positive reinforcement training. The animals receive their daily diets through this process, either on stage, on exhibit or in our back areas. Food is used as the primary reinforcement, but the animals also seem to respond to verbal praise, clapping and high fives (what we call secondary reinforcers). Husbandry behaviors give the animals the opportunity to participate in their own health care. Some of our husbandry behaviors include: open mouth, teeth brushing, eye drops, flipper presents for visual exams and nail trimming, and dorsal (lying on belly) and ventral (lying on back) layouts for visual exams. We also desensitize the animals so the keepers are able to touch them for exams while they remain calm. Many of our husbandry behaviors are modified and used in our shows. #BringTheStlZooToYou