The Zoo is now open!

All guests, including Zoo members, must now reserve free, timed tickets prior to visiting.

Review the Zoo’s reopening guidelines and make a reservation

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.

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Are you a #StlZooperHero? This summer, we are excited to bring back our annual Instagram Contest with a special 2020 edition. Learn how you can enter for a chance to win a $125 Zoo gift card at #StlZooperHero Instagram Contest

July 14, 2020

Shark Procedure

Today is #SharkAwarenessDay Did you know that Stingrays at Caribbean Cove presented by SSM Health is home to bonnethead, brownbanded and white-spotted bamboo sharks?

Recently, an albino bamboo shark had a swelling on the left side of its face. After anesthetizing the patient, our veterinary staff took whole body radiographs and performed an ultrasound to help assess the cause of the swelling. The shark was placed on a table and a soft tube was placed in its mouth. The tube is connected to a circulating water source, which provided oxygen and an anesthetic agent to the patient as the water passed through its gills.

The swelling was diagnosed as a facial abscess. The abscess was opened, cleaned out and disinfected. During this time, the veterinary staff also collected blood for a CBC and biochemical profile and provided antibiotics and pain medications. The shark has recovered nicely and is back with the other sharks and stingrays in their 17,000 gallon home.


We are so happy to be able to welcome you back to the Saint Louis Zoo! We really missed you during the public closure. #MyStlZooVisit

Thanks for visiting, Anita Gilliland. We hope to see you again soon and congratulations!