The Zoo is now open! All guests, including Zoo members, must now reserve free, timed tickets prior to visiting.
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.
September 28, 2020
Animal husbandry is an evolving science that requires in-depth knowledge of the species' natural history. Often, as is the case with many reptiles, data is lacking on species specific parameters, so animal care staff have to use the data that is known from their environments and similar species to develop standards of care. At the Charles H. Hoessle Herpetarium, animal care staff are constantly improving the care for the over 85 species on display to the public as new information is presented. This information can come from studies on wild specimens, other zoological institutions or our very own research within the Herpetarium.