The Zoo is now open!

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

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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 16, 2020

World Snake Day

Happy #WorldSnakeDay! This is a day to celebrate the often overlooked and vilified snakes around the world as well as bring light to concerns for their conservation. Did you know the Saint Louis Zoo is working around the world to help study and protect snakes and their habitats? Herpetology Department staff Justin Elden and Amanda Pedigo traveled to the South American country of Ecuador in early March to work with biologists from some of the Zoo’s conservation partner facilities. One of these facilities was the Vivarium of Quito, a public exhibition of reptiles. One of the Vivarium’s main goals is to educate the public on native snakes. Though a small country, Ecuador has more biodiversity per square kilometer than any other nation, boasting an incredible diversity of snakes with over 200 species. The Vivarium also does field research and population monitoring with some snake species in Ecuador as well as educational outreach for indigenous communities. Zoo staff spent time touring the facility and discussing potential collaborative efforts which will help with research and conservation of wild snakes throughout Ecuador.  See below for some photos from this trip and help us to celebrate World Snake Day!
 
Photos by Justin Elden.
 
Photo 1-Manabe hognosed pitviper, Porthidium arocosae, a rare pit viper found in dry coastal forests of Ecuador. 
Photo 2- A two-lined forest pit viper, Bothrops bilineatus smaragdinus, from the Vivarium of Quito. This beautiful snake lives in the rainforests of Eastern Ecuador. 
Photo 3-  A wild Ecuadorian toadhead pit viper, Bothrocophias campbelli. These odd and beautiful snakes live in cloud forests in Ecuador. 
Photo 4- A wild fer-de-lance, Bothrops asper, is a venomous pit viper that has a wide range. In Ecuador it is locally called a equis and lives west of the Andes mountains. 

#MyStlZooVisit

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, Jenna Klingebiel and Braxton Tucker! We hope to see you again soon!

Have you made your reservation yet? Spots are still available for this weekend. stlzoo.org/zooreservations

 

Virtual Herpetarium Tour

Sssorry folks #WorldSnakeDay may be coming to a close, but don’t worry the celebration doesn’t have to end. Join Herpetarium Keeper Justin Elden for a special virtual tour of the Charles H. Hoessle Herpetarium to learn more about the snake species at the Zoo.