The Zoo is now open!
All guests, including Zoo members, must now reserve free, timed tickets prior to visiting.
We are excited to welcome you back to the Saint Louis Zoo! When you are ready to visit, we're more than ready for you! Until then we are happy to continue to #BringTheStlZooToYou for you stay connected to your Zoo.
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.
June 16, 2020
The Fast and the Furriest?
Earlier this spring, the pinnipeds at the Judy and Jerry Kent Family Sea Lion Sound were treated to a highly entertaining tunnel enrichment session featuring juggling and basketball skills. This provided the animals with a lot of mental and physical stimulation and kept them interested and engaged, especially during the times of no guest interaction. In the quest for something even more new and exciting, Pinniped Keeper Val Olstad had to look no further than her son's toy box. It turns out remote controlled cars are a lot of fun to chase if you're a sea lion! Mandy, who is usually less interested than the others in tunnel enrichment, loved following the cars as they zoomed around. California sea lions can swim at speeds of up to 20-25 mph, making them the "Fast and Furriest" of all the pinnipeds. - Katie Stryker, Pinniped Keeper #BringTheStlZooToYou
I am Dr. Sathya Chinnadurai and I am the Director of Animal Health at the Saint Louis Zoo. In the Department of Animal Health, we are fortunate to have a team of veterinarians and veterinary technicians, along with quarantine, pathology and support staff that provide for the medical needs of all the animals that call the Saint Louis Zoo home. As you may have heard, Rani, our 23-year-old Asian elephant, is pregnant. The veterinary staff has been working with the animal care team in the River’s Edge, as well as our endocrinology and nutrition teams to monitor and care for Rani throughout her pregnancy. As with human pregnancies, one of the most important parts of prenatal health care is ultrasound monitoring of both the mother and the baby, also known as a sonogram.
Red-billed Blue Magpie
#KeeperPerspective This spring our red-billed blue magpie pair have been nesting in our Bird Garden. Last year this pair was successful in breeding four chicks. Here is a great look at the progress of last year’s breeding from an empty nest in one of our nursery enclosures, to the laying of six eggs, and the four chicks maturing from hatchlings to fledglings. #BringTheStlZooToYou