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.
July 02, 2020
It’s time for another flashback video of our primates. In this video, keepers built a mirror that a GoPro fits inside of, giving a ‘mirrors-eye-view’ of our animals’ interactions. Monkeys and lemurs do not have self-awareness, and thus mirrors are a great way to provide social enrichment to many of our animals. Video: Ethan Riepl, Primate Keeper #BringTheStlZooToYou
A Huge Nest
Tomistoma, or Malayan gharial, is one of the largest species of crocodilians, with males reaching lengths up to 5 meters, or 16 feet! This species inhabits freshwater habitats and during the nesting season builds a large mound nest to incubate its eggs.
The female at the Saint Louis Zoo just finished nesting! She built a nest that was 2-1/2 feet high and laid 23 eggs! #BringTheStlZooToYou. Photo: Justin Elden
Puff adders are heavy-bodied, ground-dwelling snakes that rely on their excellent camouflage to hide from predators and surprise their prey. As an ambush predator, these snakes will sit and wait for prey to unsuspectingly pass by. These snakes are venomous, using their fangs to inject their prey with venom. #BringTheStlZooToYou
July 01, 2020
Since the Zoo’s reopening, we have asked our guests to be a #StlZooperHero and help protect our staff and animals by wearing a mask during their visit. This summer, we are excited to bring back our annual Instagram Contest with a twist! The Saint Louis Zoo and Mid America Chevy Dealers want to reward these heroes. Share your photo of you wearing a mask/face covering at the Zoo on Instagram with #StlZooperHero for a chance to win a $125 Zoo gift card. A new winner will be chosen each Friday from the previous week’s photo entries! At the end of the summer, a grand prize winner will be selected from the weekly winners and will receive a Family Membership to the Zoo. Instagram accounts should be set to public. Visit stlzoo.org/StlZooperHero for more information and contest rules.
Veterinary resident Dr. Kari Musgrave and veterinary technician Kim Aubuchon are doing a neonate exam on a new baby Speke’s gazelle. Named Harper, the new baby was born at the Zoo on April 13, 2020. The veterinary staff are performing a full exam which includes looking at the eyes, listening to the heart and lungs, collecting blood for a CBC and biochemical profile and placing a microchip for identification. Come see Harper and all the other hoof stock species at Red Rocks! #BringTheStlZooToYou
June 30, 2020
Listen closely, you can hear the Atrato glass frog’s high pitch call. These small frogs are named for their completely transparent bellies. They are nocturnal and are generally found up in the forest canopy on the underside of leaves.
At the Charles H. Hoessle Herpetarium we recreated this species’ natural environment. Here you can see these nocturnal frogs hopping around on the leaves overhanging the water below. The males are calling for females. Once the eggs are laid, the males will guard them until they hatch and fall into the water below. #BringTheStlZooToYou
Here is Children’s Zoo Keeper Elena with Cyprus, our Eurasian eagle owl at the Emerson Children’s Zoo. #BringTheStlZooToYou